WILLIAN is ready to quit Chelsea – if Antonio Conte stays as manager, according to reports.
The Brazilian winger has found game-time hard to come by this season, making just six Premier League starts.
And according to Brazilian news-site UOL, the 29-year-old is ready to head for pastures new.
However, should the London club decide to dispense with the services of Conte, Willian would be prepared to see how he fits in with a new manager.
He was rumoured to be on Jose Mourinho’s shortlist in the summer, for a reunion at Manchester United, but that failed to materialise.
But one place he won’t be heading is back to his homeland to finish out his career.
Journalist Sandro Barboza tweeted that Willian had been negotiating with the Samba side and even stated that the winger liked the proposal.
The Chelsea ace responded to the post, he said: “Hello Sandro, all right? Sorry, but I’m not negotiating with Palmeiras and my agent has received no contact from the club.
“I have no plans to return to Brazil right now. A hug!”
Willian made a rare start for Chelsea in the Champions League clash against minnows Qarabag on Wednesday.
And he gave Conte a timely reminder of his skills with two goals in the 4-0 thrashing.