Willian has opened up on what life was like at Chelsea under Antonio Conte and described it as “difficult” to work with the Italian boss.
The Brazilian was rumoured to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, with Barcelona reportedly ready to bring him to the Nou Camp.
Willian cut a disconsolate figure many times last season as he flitted in and out of Conte’s starting XI.
But Conte has been replaced by Maurizio Sarri, and the new gaffer has revealed he has already held positive talks with the winger.
Willian appeared on ESPN show Resenha, where he was asked how he is looking forward to working under Sarri.
The 29-year-old said: “I hope he’s not the same as Conte.
“I’m joking, I think Conte was a manager, for me, particularly, very difficult to work with. His philosophy, his logistics, to manage there, is very complicated.
“I’ve had some games that you don’t understand, you’re playing very well and are taken out, you don’t understand, twice I headed out of the game and went straight to the dressing room.
“So it was a bit difficult working with him. But in life we learn from that too.”
In the interview Willian also confirmed he wanted to stay at Chelsea, saying how he was “very happy” before describing London as an “incredible city”.
Sarri revealed he was “unhappy” that the Brazilian star failed to return to England last Friday due to passport issues.
But Willian, a target for Manchester United and Barcelona, returned to training on Wednesday and the pair have now spoken.
Sarri said: “I spoke yesterday with him about him being late – not his future.
“It was very positive conversation and I am happy about it. I think there is not a Willian problem.”
Pressed about whether he thinks Willian will remain at the club, he added: “Yes I do. I am very confident.”