BARCELONA target Willian has said he wants to stay at Chelsea – with manager Maurizio Sarri describing him as "fundamental" to his plans.
The Brazilian was the Blues' hero against Newcastle, scoring a stunning winner in a 2-1 victory.
2 Willian says he wants to stay at Chelsea – with Maurizio Sarri describing him as 'fundamental' to his plans
The 30-year-old has been a long-term target for the Catalan giants – but says he is happy at Stamford Bridge.
Reports have continued to link Willian with a move to the Nou Camp but the winger says he hasn't seen them.
When asked about stories linking him away from Chelsea, Willian told BT Sport: "My future is here at Chelsea, I don't know what you're talking about.
"I didn't see the papers."
Getty – Contributor2 Willian scored a stunning winner as Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-1
Speaking after the win, Sarri was then asked about the Willian situation.
The Italian claimed he did not know how long the winger has left on his deal – but he sees him as a crucial player to his plans.
"We all know very well, Willian is a very important player.
"As I said [Friday], Willian has to stay with us.
"For us he is very important.
"Willian, for us in this moment, he's a fundamental player."
Sarri also made it clear that he wants another defensive playmaker to cover Jorginho, after the departure of fans' favourite Cesc Fabregas.
Sarri added: "Today Jorginho was in trouble.
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"On the bench we didn't have a player for that position, so we need [one]."
Sarry says he has "no idea" when that player – rumoured to be Nicolo Barrella or Leandro Paredes – will arrive.
The Italian also said he was not too worried about the lack of options in that position and that "the club know my opinion well, I need a player in that position."