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Stop, stop, stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract - Sarri

Stop, stop, stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract - Sarri

The Brazilian forward, linked with a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes, curled the ball past Martin Dubravka shortly before the hour to move his side six points in front of fifth-placed Arsenal.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reiterated that he has no plans of parting ways with Willian this month amid the ongoing interest from Spanish champions Barcelona.

Yet after scoring the victor in Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, Willian dismissed speculation regarding his future.

"The club knows very well my opinion, I need the player there (but) it depends on the club decision".

The result leaves Chelsea just a point behind third place Tottenham, who have a game in hand, while Newcastle will end the weekend in the relegation zone. We know that we have hard games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row.

"My future? It's here at Chelsea", he said. To be fair we can not complain about what the players were doing on the pitch. "I think we need to improve our mentality".

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Chelsea are now assessing the position of Callum Hudson-Odoi amid the regular attempts from Bayern Munich to prise him away and the teenage graduate appears the likelier to leave the club this month. "For us, in this moment, he is a fundamental player".

Despite his side's victory, Sarri again bemoaned his side's mentality - a frequent complaint this season - for apparently being complacent after Pedro's opener.

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.

The Blues boss said: "After the goal I think we thought "now it's easy", but it wasn't".

The Clarets were behind to Andre Schurrle's superb second-minute strike, but went ahead through two own-goals in the space of three minutes, with Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi finding their own net. So we need Pedro. We scored after nine minutes, so we did not have to face difficulty. A very important player, like Pedro.