Willian Says 'My Future Is Here at Chelsea' Amid Barcelona Rumours

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 12, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Willian of Chelsea FC  during the Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Willian insists his future is with Chelsea amid speculation Barcelona want to sign the Brazil international in the January transfer window.

"My future? My future is here at Chelsea," he told BT Sport (h/t Tom Marshall-Bailey at Football.London). "I don't know what you are going on about. I don't see the newspapers!"

The midfielder spoke after he scored the winning goal for Chelsea in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues strengthened their position in the top four, moving six points ahead of Arsenal in fifth.

According to Jason Burt at the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea recently rejected a bid from Barcelona for Willian. The Spanish champions reportedly offered winger Malcom and cash for the 30-year-old.

Barcelona also tried to land Willian in the summer:

Ernesto Valverde's side are "considering making a second bid" for the Chelsea winger, who has 18 months left on his Blues deal, according to Simon Johnson at the Evening Standard.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has been adamant he does not want to lose him:

Chelsea do not want to sell Willian because they fear it will hinder their chances of finishing in the top four, according to Liam Twomey at ESPN FC.

Willian has featured in all but one of their Premier League games this season, contributing three goals and three assists.

Valverde has spoken about Barcelona signings in the January transfer window but appears more concerned with finding a replacement for forward Munir:

Barcelona's apparent interest in Willian is curious considering they invested heavily in Malcom in July 2018. The Brazilian arrived at the Camp Nou for an initial £36.5 million, per Niall McVeigh at the Guardian.

Malcom has found game time difficult to come by in his first season at Barcelona and has made just one start in La Liga. However, he is still only 21 and has shown promise, with goals against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League and Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey.

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