Wil­lian ea­ger to stay at Chelsea de­spite exit ru­mours

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

LON­DON: Wil­lian in­sisted he had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing Chelsea after his su­perb goal sealed a 21 win at home to New­cas­tle on Satur­day.

New­cas­tle, threat­ened with rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League, had seen Ciaran Clark score a sur­prise equaliser be­fore hal f- time after an early goal from Pe­dro put Chelsea ahead at Stam­ford Bridge.

But with the Mag­pies mak­ing life tough for their hosts, Wil­lian’s bril­liant curl­ing shot in the 57th minute se­cured all three points for the Blues.

It was just his fifth goal of the sea­son and first in the league since Oc­to­ber but Wil­lian told BT Sport: “I think it’s al­ways dif­fi­cult in the Premier League.

“We have to be more clin­i­cal... I scored a good goal. I found the space and put the ball ex­actly where I wanted.”

Wil­lian has been re­peat­edly linked with a move away from Chelsea but he was adamant he wanted to stay at the west Lon­don club.

“My fu­ture is here at Chelsea, I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about,” he said.

Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri was equally keen for Wil­lian to re­main a mem­ber of his squad, es­pe­cially as he is de­ploy­ing Eden Haz­ard as a striker.

“You know very well that Wil­lian for us is a very im­por­tant player,” Sarri told re­porters. “In my opin­ion, Wil­lian has to stay with us.

“With Eden play­ing as a striker we need wingers. In this mo­ment he is a fun­da­men­tal player.”

Vic­tory saw fourth- placed Chelsea open up a six-point lead over Lon­don ri­vals Arse­nal in the race for a place in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.

But Sarri was un­happy with the way the Blues strug­gled to see off a New­cas­tle side stuck in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“I am very happy with the re­sult but the per­for­mance was not so good, es­pe­cially be­tween 1- 0 and 1-1,” he said.

New­cas­tle man­ager Rafael Ben­itez was proud of the way his play­ers had pushed Chelsea hard but ac­cepted they had been un­done by a sub­lime goal.

“We con­ceded a goal we could avoid but after that we were fight­ing for ev­ery ball; these play­ers care you could see that,” Ben­itez told the BBC.

“We scored and then con­trolled the last few min­utes of the first half so it’s a pity but a piece of qual­ity made the dif­fer­ence.

“You could see a lot of pos­i­tives with the per­for­mance but no points.” — AFP

Chelsea’s Wil­lian (right) vies with Perez dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Chelsea and New­cas­tle United at Stam­ford Bridge. — AFP photo

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