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SportSarri calls January exit for Willian 'impossible' amid Barcelona links

16:56  11 january  2019
16:56  11 january  2019 Source:   goal.com

Sarri calls January exit for Willian 'impossible' amid Malcom swap links

Sarri calls January exit for Willian 'impossible' amid Malcom swap links The Brazilian has again attracted interest from the Liga side, but the Italian has told him to forget about leaving in January

New Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri , is confident about holding on to Thibaut Courtois, Willian , and Eden Hazard amid numerous exit rumours. The former Napoli

New Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri , is confident about holding on to Thibaut Courtois, Willian , and Eden Hazard amid numerous exit rumours. The former Napoli

Sarri calls January exit for Willian 'impossible' amid Barcelona links © Getty Images Chelsea winger Willian

Maurizio Sarri thinks it is "impossible" for Willian to leave Chelsea in January despite reports suggesting he could be part of a swap deal with Barcelona involving the out-of-favour Malcom.

Brazil international Willian was the subject of strong speculation in pre-season, with Barcelona reportedly having offers for him rejected.

In the end, Barca signed Malcom from Bordeaux to bolster their wide options, but the 21-year-old has hardly featured, playing just five times in LaLiga.

Malcom cost Barca €41million and his slow start has seen a number of transfer and loan links crop up, with Everton originally thought to be front-runners before Marco Silva denied interest.

Stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract – Sarri

Stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract – Sarri When a reporter mentioned the possibility of Chelsea winger Willian only receiving a one-year deal, Maurizio Sarri cut him short.

Willian ’s future has taken a fresh twist today with a report that the Brazilian has been offered a new deal with Chelsea and will consider the contract on offer. According to Sport, Chelsea have not given up hope of keeping Willian despite his desire to leave for Barcelona . New manager Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea winger Willian has reportedly spoken a great deal with Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho over the course of the World Cup about sealing a transfer to Barcelona . Coutinho left Liverpool for Barca in January and may now have a big role to play in luring Willian away to the Nou Camp with

The latest rumours suggested Barca tabled an offer for Willian which amounted to €55m, including Malcom, but Sarri says the Chelsea man simply is not leaving.

When asked if he would be happy for Willian to leave, Sarri told reporters: "Of course not, because as you know a winger for us is very important.

"I think he can do better, because the potential is higher, but he's very important for us, so I think it's impossible to lose him in January.

"I didn't receive anything [about Willian] yesterday [Thursday]. You'll have to ask the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market you put me in trouble, because I don't know."

Elaborating on his desire for Willian to play at a higher level, Sarri wants the winger to show more initiative off the ball and to make himself a bigger threat in the penalty area.

Stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract – Sarri

Stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract – Sarri When a reporter mentioned the possibility of the winger only receiving a one-year deal, the Blues boss cut him short

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he is " not happy" that Willian returned five days later than expected to pre-season after failing to Per Gill, Willian has been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer, but the Blues said there was "nothing untoward" about his

David Luiz is doing his bit to keep Willian at Chelsea, with the Brazilian defender eager to see the Blues fend off interest from Barcelona in a fellow countryman. - David Luiz expecting Willian to stay at Chelsea amid Barcelona bids. Chris Burton.

"Usually he wants ball on the feet, so I think he can improve in movements without the ball," Sarri said. "He has the potential to score more."

Alvaro Morata has also been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea and is expected to depart in one way or another this month, with Sevilla interested in a loan deal and Atletico Madrid said to be considering signing him permanently.

If Morata does leave, Sarri will be insisting on a replacement.

"Of course, if he goes to another club we need a replacement, it's normal," the Italian added.

"At the moment, he is here, so I think he has to think only of playing, because in this moment in Europe there are another 300 players involved in the market and they must only think to next matches or it's impossible to play."

Sarri relieved over 'not very serious' Willian injury.
Willian was forced off through injury against Southampton, but Maurizio Sarri is hopeful he will not be out for too long.

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