Chelsea manager Frank Lampard axed Willian for sulk over failed Barcelona transfer

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly ditched Willian from his starting XI to face Leicester last weekend as he was sulking after not being allowed a move to Barcelona.

The Brazilian winger is out of contract with the Blues at the end of the season, and doesn’t appear to be any closer to agreeing a new deal.

The 31-year-old was linked with a move to Barcelona, who are suffering from a shortage of attackers following injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

However, Willian was unable to clinch a switch away from Stamford Bridge, much to his annoyance it seems.

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Several eyebrows were raised when the Brazil international was dropped in place of Pedro for Saturday’s clash at Leicester.

And the Sun claim that Lampard made the decision not to start Willian because he was left disappointed that Chelsea opted to keep hold of him, instead of letting him join Barcelona.

The winger is understood have trained as normal in the run up to the game, with Lampard noticing he was out of sorts, and leaving him on the bench to make a cameo appearance late on at the King Power Stadium.

Willian was dropped in favour of veteran winger Pedro
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With Chelsea now on a winter break before they return to prepare to face Manchester United on February 17, Willian has taken to his Instagram to post a cryptic message about his “dreams”.

Translated from Portuguese, it read: ”If you have already given up on your dreams, it is a sign that you never dreamed, because the one who dreams never gives up.”

Despite his uncertain future, Willian has played a key role amongst Lampard’s youngsters this season, missing just one Premier League game.

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