South American forward made decision over his future

Chelsea star Willian has supposedly told friends he has no intention to join Juventus – because of Maurizio Sarri.

Willian’s current Chelsea contract expires next summer and the Brazilian is free to talk to other clubs in January.

Barcelona and Juventus have both expressed their interest in signing the 31-year-old, but he has excluded the chances of signing for the Italian giants.

According to the Daily Express, Willian told his teammates he has no interest in joining Juve as he strongly dislikes Sarri’s style of football while he was at Stamford Bridge.

Willian was made to adopt a more limited role in the Chelsea team under Sarri, but he has revived his career in the Premier League this season under Lampard.

Scoring two goals in his last two matches – including the winning goal in the Champions League game against Lille on Wednesday – Willian has established himself as one of Lampard’s pivotal players.

Club legend and the new manager Lampard is keen to extend Willian’s stay in London and put pen to paper on a new deal.

‘He can take people out of the game with his speed and trickery and he can score goals for us. ‘It’s a lovely balance for the young players. We need to have competition in attack and out wide because it must be like that, they must be on edge.’ On Sunday, Chelsea returns to Premier League action with a trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton.