Chelsea have reportedly decided they won’t be selling Willian amid rumours linking him with a transfer to Manchester United this January.
According to Le 10 Sport, this also means the Premier League holders won’t be pushing ahead with a move for Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, who could be heading to the Chinese Super League.
The French outlet explains that Willian’s compatriot has been considered to replace him, with the Manchester Evening News recently claiming Man United boss Jose Mourinho had been in touch with his old side about signing him.
Still, Willian has been an integral part of Chelsea squad all this while and the Brazilian’s recent form has perhaps moved Antonio Conte to stick with him for a little longer.
The 29-year-old has five goals and two assists for Conte’s side this season, despite not always being a regular starter.
Conte’s side could do with such talent of experienced impact player on the bench, with both his quality and work rate making him an unsurprising rumoured target for United.
Chelsea may have taken a step forward regarding Moura anyway, with the 25-year-old proving mostly inconsistent and unreliable in much of his time at PSG so far.
The Brazil international is now further down in the club’s pecking order with the summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in attack.
Wilian has five goals for Chelsea and two assists to his name for Chelsea this season, despite not always being a regular starter.