Willian has taken a fresh swipe at Antonio Conte, saying Chelsea now have a manager ‘who wants to play football’ in Maurizio Sarri.
Former Italy boss Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge but exited the club under a cloud after a turbulent few months.
Willian was one of a number of first-team players who fell out with Conte during his final season at Chelsea and the Brazilian is loving life under new boss Sarri.
Chelsea have made an impressive start to the 2018-19 campaign and beat Fulham on Sunday to move – temporarily, at least – to third in the table.
Speaking ahead of the west London derby, Willian said: ‘I don’t want to go to talk about Antonio Conte. He already stays in the past.
‘This season is very different from last season. We enjoy, we play football. We have a manager that wants to play football and we are happy for that.’
Willian also discussed Callum Hudson-Odoi’s promising future after the teenager scored his first Chelsea goal during the week.
Hudson-Odoi is one of the most highly-rated young players in England and Sarri has said he has the potential to be one of the best in Europe.
‘I give him advice. I think we have to do it,’ Willian added.
‘The players that are here a long time do this a lot for the younger players. I’ve already told him that I will be his agent in the future!
‘Sometimes, it’s difficult [to break into the first team]. You want to show everything in one game.
‘You want to take the ball, want to dribble, want to shoot, want to run, want to do everything as much as possible to show your quality, to show everything.
‘Sometimes, you make mistakes in that but you have time to learn. He is only 18 and I think he has a lot of time to learn.
‘He has the potential. He has talent, he has everything to become in the future one of the best players. Now it’s early to say that. But maybe in five years we can see.’