Chelsea winger Willian says he’s ready to start take back his place in Antonio Conte’s starting XI.
The Brazilian was given compassionate leave in October when his mother passed away and he’s yet to start Premier League match since.
Spanish winger, Pedro, has excelled in Willian’s absence and has started each of the club’s last eight matches in the league.
However, Willian says he’s spoken with Conte about his situation and now believes he’s in a position to win back his place.
‘The manager changed the team because I was in a difficult moment. I lost my mum and I had to stay in Brazil for a few days,’ said Willian.
‘I missed some games and the team started to win and play well. Pedro came in and he did very well.
‘But the manager talked to me and told me to stay concentrated, to work hard in training and when I come into the game to try to do my best. I feel more fresh and good to come back in the team.
‘He gives me confidence to get back in the team and train hard to play well. I am happy because I came in and helped my team-mates to win that game (against Man City).’