- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has denied having problem with Willian after talks
- The Brazilian returned late to Chelsea pre-season after having problems his passport
- The ex-Napoli boss insists there are no issues after discussing with Willian on Friday
Chelsea new Italian boss Maurizio Sarri declared he had no issues with Brazilian midfielder Willian.
According to a UK Daily Star report the Selecao star is linked with a potential move away from West London to both Barcelona and Manchester United but returned late to pre-season training, no thanks to problems his passport.
However, after holding talks with his £70m-rated star yesterday the former Napoli boss stressed that all have moved on from the past.
“There is not a Willian problem,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s Community Shield clash at Wembley with Manchester City.
“I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness, not about his future. It was a very positive conversation. I am happy about it.”
Sarri further noted he is slightly less certain about goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who is reportedly eyeing a switch to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The Blues are keen on keeping Courtois to the final leg of his contract having failed to find a credible replacement.
However, with Thursday’s summer transfer deadline closing in Sarri said: “At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club.
“I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club. It depends especially on him, I think.
“But, I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper. It’s very important for us to keep the top players.”
The Italian is looking forward to with optimism to spend about a decade at West London.
Sarri is the Chelsea’s ninth manager since Blues owner Roman Abramovich assumed ownership of the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2003 and has been at the club for 21 days.
The Italian football tactician is aware his Russian boss has a fearsome reputation for sacking managers with Manchester United Jose Mourinho being the longest serving Chelsea manager after spending three years three months in his first spell at the Premier League outfit.
“I want to stay here for 10 years.
“I know I have to win. And then it depends on the club. I want to stay here for a long time,” Sarri was quoted as saying.
On the other hand, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his record-breaking squad members not to lose of focus as he intends claiming the Premier League title back-to-back.
Interestingly, in history no other Premier League club after Manchester United in 2009 have managed to defend the title.
However, the Spaniard has achieved similar feat before with Barcelona and Bayern Munich and said: “I’ll try to repeat what we did at Barcelona and Bayern and be harder with my players.
“If after winning the title they are thinking ‘ok...we’re really good’ that’s the moment we start to go down.
“To be clear with them, the guys who are good, we’ll say they are good and if they are bad, we are going to say they are bad.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Christophe Henrotay who is the agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has urged the Premier League club to allow the Belgium international to make his move to Real Madrid this summer.
Courtois has since last two seasons emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid, but the Blues are not ready to do business with the Los Blancos' chiefs.
The club appear to be holding out for more money for Courtois, yet risk losing him on a free transfer next summer when his contract expires.
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