Friday 16 November 2018

Willian fuels rumours of rift with Antonio Conte by obscuring the Italian's image in Instagram post

Chelsea's David Luiz, Willian and Emerson Palmieri celebrate winning the final with the trophy. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Chelsea's David Luiz, Willian and Emerson Palmieri celebrate winning the final with the trophy. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A photograph has been posted on Chelsea midfielder Willian's Instagram Story in which Blues manager Antonio Conte has been obscured.

The Brazilian, who featured only as a late substitute as the Blues beat Manchester United in Saturday's FA Cup final, posted a series of photographs on the social media site.

On one of them, three trophy emojis had been placed in such a way to obscure Conte from a photograph of the whole team celebrating their success.

Speculation continues to persist that Conte will leave Chelsea this summer despite the FA Cup success, although he insisted again on Saturday that he remains "committed" to the club.

Willian started only 20 Premier League matches for Chelsea in the 2017-18 season, featuring as a substitute on a further 16 occasions.

He did not start any games after reacting angrily to being substituted in the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on April 22.

The west London side finished the season fifth, outside the Champions League qualification places.

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