It’s no secret that a number of Antonio Conte’s relationships at Chelsea fell apart towards the back end of last season. David Luiz and Willian were the two main outcasts following Diego Costa’s argument-fuelled departure to Atletico 12 months ago. The latter was heavily linked to a summer move away with Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly interested but the Brazilian wideman has now said he will be a Blues player on September 1st.

Willian told the London Evening Standard there was “no chance” he would’ve stayed if Conte was still in charge at Stamford Bridge. “No chance. No. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”

His international team-mate, David Luiz, also spoke of how he has been impressed with Maurizio Sarri’s leadership of the club since his arrival a month ago. It’s clear that the Italian boss was intent on keeping his South Americans stars in West London and he rewarded their loyalty with starts on Saturday in the 3-0 win away at Huddersfield.

The attention has now switched to the clash with Unai Emery’s Arsenal at the weekend and despite struggling against the Gunners during Conte’s reign, Willian thinks the Blues have a great chance on Saturday.

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“I think we have a good chance to turn the results around against them because now we have a different way to play.

“The manager tells us to play, to enjoy ourselves on the pitch, with responsibility. Now we have a different style, that’s why we can create problems for Arsenal.”

After winning Players’ Player of the Year at the end of season awards last term, it’ll be interesting to see how the 30-year-old performs under new management. If his showing on Saturday was anything to go by, then Chelsea fans will be in for another exciting campaign watching his quick feet and mazy dribbling.


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