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|Willian would be welcomed with open arms at Manchester United - he is exactly what Jose Mourinho needs for the biggest season of his career
sbobet asia ‘He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person,’ were Willian’s words when asked about his former manager Jose Mourinho. ‘He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.’ And then came the key sentence: ‘Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.’
So there you have it. The only thing stopping the 29-year-old from moving north last summer, when he spoke to Goal, was that he was content with life at Stamford Bridge. A year later, it would appear as though that is no longer the case. It is easy to see why. Willian was an infrequent starter for Antonio Conte’s underwhelming Blues last season. In the FA Cup Final he was introduced on 89 minutes, something which will not have been lost on the opposition bench.
Despite all of that, the Brazilian still picked up the player of the year award from his team-mates. There is love, just not from the manager. Yes, Conte may well leave west London before Chelsea kick another ball, but there is a desire upstairs to freshen up what suddenly appears to be an ageing squad and a willingness to sanction Willian’s departure.
sbobet asia He would find open arms in Manchester. Mourinho, facing the biggest season of his career, is in need of trusted lieutenants. The pragmatism he craves is lacking in his current squad. The ability to carry out his instructions to the letter is in short supply. Willian can create, but almost as important, he can stifle. His work-rate is tireless. He can bomb forward and he can drop back. The end goal, rather than individual prowess, is at the forefront of his thinking.
It is a similar mentality to that of his ex-Chelsea teammate Nemanja Matic, who has thrived since he was reunited at United. As for his current situation? ‘Oh boy, do you really want me to tell you?’ was Willian’s response to ESPN when asked about his relationship with Conte. ‘Let’s save it for one next interview.’There does not really need to be one next interview. It would appear that the marriage is damaged beyond repair. Mourinho needs quick fixes. Supporters will not entertain another season which sees them finish 19 points behind the formerly noisy neighbours.
sbobet asia He could, just about, claim progress this season, given the second-placed finish. That will not wash for another year. Willian would bring attributes that Mourinho has found lacking in other playmakers, including one reported to be on Chelsea’s target list.There has been speculation that United could open the door to a deal by sending Anthony Martial in the other direction. However, Sportsmail understands that there is no desire at Old Trafford to see the French player move to any other Premier League club.