If Antonio Conte stayed at Chelsea, I would have left - Willian

Chelsea winger Willian

Willian will be hoping to put the transfer saga behind him

Willian has claimed that he would have left Chelsea if Antonio Conte stayed and praised Maurizio Sarri for bringing "fun" back to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's Willian in action with Huddersfield Town's Terence Kongolo.

'Would I be here if Conte stayed?

When asked if he would be at Chelsea with Conte still at the helm, he told the London Evening Standard: "No chance. No". "I'm here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave Chelsea if they want to sell me".

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Conte won the 2016-17 Premier League title with the Blues but was sacked in July after finishing fifth. "We have many top quality players such as Eden Hazard and Pedro".

'We wanted to start like that, ' Willian said of Chelsea's opening win. I think we played very well, we had control of the game, we had possession. "This is what we will try to do this season", he added.

With rumours that the pair weren't seeing eye to eye doing the rounds prior to the game at Wembley, it later appeared Willian had shown his feelings towards Conte through a creative use of emoji on his Instagram story. We know that we still need to improve.

'Jorginho has played very well, he has a lot of quality and helps our play build up from the back. "I very much enjoy his attitude when I am working with him".

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After starting their Premier League life under Sarri with a comfortable 3-0 win at the John Smith's Stadium, Chelsea welcome Unai Emery's Arsenal to west London on Saturday.

Luiz was only handed 10 appearances last season under Conte and nearly ended his career at Chelsea after barely playing in the second half of the season and is linked move to Chelsea and Arsenal in the summer. "The coach says to have fun on the pitch but with responsibility".

But Willian believes the different style of play will create problems against the Gunners.

Manchester United and Barcelona were both interested signing the 29-year-old this summer after news emerged of a rift between the Willian and Conte.

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