Manchester United target Willian will push for a transfer this summer if Antonio Conte remains in charge of Chelsea, according to reports.
Although the Brazilian was voted the club’s Players’ Player of the Year after an excellent campaign, he has found himself out of Conte’s starting XI more recently – including in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Willian has been named on the bench in four of Chelsea’s last five games, and his animosity towards Conte spilled over when he edited the Italian out of a picture from Saturday’s FA Cup win.
And now Sky Sports News report that the Brazilian has made it clear that he will push to leave Chelsea this summer if Conte remains in charge.
The 48-year-old has one year remaining on his contract and insists he will honour the terms of his deal, despite Chelsea being keen to replace him following a disappointing campaign.
As well as finishing fifth in the Premier League, Conte also had a series of bust-ups with the club’s board over transfers, and they had hoped he would leave Stamford Bridge by his own accord rather than require a £9m pay-off.
But should Conte remain in charge, Willian will ask for a transfer and United boss Jose Mourinho is ready and waiting to offer him an escape route.
The Portuguese coach remains a huge admirer of Willian thanks to their time together at Stamford Bridge, where they won the Premier League, and he would solve United’s troublesome right-wing problem.
Willian is believed to have been close to Diego Costa, who left Chelsea last summer after a huge falling out with Conte, while he is also annoyed by the way compatriot David Luiz has been frozen out.