Willian admits Conte was ‘very difficult to work with.’

Chelsea winger Willian has admitted that he found it very difficult to work under former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all credited with an interest in the 29-year-old attacker.

However, Willian had recently declared that he he is happy to stay at Chelsea and is looking forward to working under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

“I hope he is not like Conte. No, I’m kidding!” he told ESPN.

“For me, Conte was a manager very difficult to work with. His philosophy, his way of dealing with things is very complicated. There were a few games … Sometimes we just don’t understand. You’re playing very well, then you get substituted. I do not understand. There were two times when I got substituted and I went straight to the locker room. It was hard to work with him.

“But in life, we learn from these kinds of things. We learn so much from difficulties. There were two years when I stayed on the bench in so many games, coming in later in the game. But this is in the past.

“The important thing now is to talk about Sarri. From what I heard, I am sure he is a great manager, who does a great job with the team. I have high expectations for working with him.”

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