Barcelona transfer target Willian provides update on his Chelsea future

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The Brazil global netted a stunning goal to secure his side a 2-1 win over Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Newcastle have now lost 10 in a row away to the division's established top six, but they put up a good fight in West London, levelling up through Ciaran Clark after Pedro opened the scoring, only for Willian to win the match for Chelsea.

The 40-year-old went on to say Newcastle fans should be grateful Ashley appointed Rafael Benitez as manager, also describing the north-east side as "a yo-yo club" and adding: "He wants to sell the club, why should he go and spend millions of pounds?" [If] the club is anxious, I don't know.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri says he needs a back-up for Jorginho
Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri says he needs a back-up for Jorginho

The former Napoli manager responded similarly to talk Willian potential exit in an interview with Sky Sports, claiming: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player".

"As you have seen, today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn't a player for that position, so I need a player, I need an option for Jorginho", the Italian explained.

On his decisive goal and the win over Newcastle, he added: 'I think it's always hard in the Premier League.

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"In my opinion Willian has to stay with us".

Willian was unable to double his tally when, like Pedro before him, he was played through with a simple lofted pass, with Dubravka this time getting a touch to the attempted lob. [Hudson-Odoi] is becoming for us a really important player.

The Blues boss said: "After the goal I think we thought "now it's easy", but it wasn't".

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Sources have told ESPN FC it would take a significant cash bid for Chelsea to consider parting with Willian, regarded by Sarri as a key first-team player. We stopped to play and then we had problems.

"We need to improve in the mental reaction". With Eden [Hazard] as a striker, we need wingers. We need Hudson-Odoi. We need Willian of course. I am very happy here.

But it took only nine minutes for the Blues to go in front as Newcastle's five-man defence was carved open easily.

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