The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are delighted that Antonio Conte was able to keep his squad together over the summer…
It was widely expected in the Transfer Tavern that Chelsea could look to hold somewhat of a fire sale over the summer. With a host of players disappointing under Jose Mourinho and then Guus Hiddink, it was clear that a lot of work needed to be done at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte, though, instead opted to keep the majority of his squad together – with the addition of N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso – and that has worked wonders going into this season.
It would appear as though that was a conscious decision from Conte, too, with Chelsea ace Willian recently confirming to Globo Sport that the Blues received an enquiry from Man Utd over the summer with regards to his availability.
Questioned on whether he has ever had an opportunity to leave Chelsea, Willian said: “[I had an enquiry] from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too”.
With a move reportedly falling short of a ‘concrete offer’, it would appear as though Chelsea firmly shut the door on the prospect of their Brazilian star leaving the club.
Jose Mourinho is now, of course, the manager of Man Utd – and it would appear as though the Portuguese boss was looking to link up once again with his Brazilian favourite during his debut summer in Manchester.
It did come as a surprise to a few of the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern that they were able to keep hold of Willian over the summer, especially given that the Brazilian was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year – after a campaign in which he carried his teammates on his back for months at a time.
Whilst Willian has been in and out of the team so far this season, he has continued to impress in the Premier League – having already equalled his goalscoring tally of 5 league goals from last season.
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