Sarri Frustrated With In-Demand Chelsea Star

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri before the match.

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Maurizio Sarri is believed to be frustrated with Willian.

The 29-year-old was due back to Chelsea’s training base last Friday following his holiday after Brazil’s World Cup campaign. But the player delayed his return to the pre-season training, according to reports.

Willian was unable to return on the date set by Sarri, as there were problems with his passport renewal, causing an unforeseen postponement of his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

According to The Times, Sarri wanted Willian to be back earlier, so as to get him fully ready for Chelsea’s first game of the season. But the manager has been ‘left frustrated’ by the midfielder’s late arrival.

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Willian’s absence has also been exaggerated because other members of the Chelsea squad cut short their personal commitments in order to stick to the manager’s plans.


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Alvaro Morata, for instance, is already back in Chelsea blue, having played an earlier game in the International Champions Cup. He’d taken a leave of absence in order to be with his wife Alice Campello, as she gave birth to twins in Venice on Sunday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek also shaved his vacation by a week after featuring for England – despite the Englishmen having to play a week extra at the World Cup and finishing fourth.


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Willian will also not be part of the Chelsea lineup in their Community Shield tie against Manchester City this Sunday.

The Brazilian has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona this summer, and Chelsea have rejected two offers for the midfielder.

Speaking earlier this week, Willian insisted that he wanted to remain at Stamford Bridge, as he stated: ‘I am very happy at Chelsea and I am very happy living in London.’

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