Legendary tactician Mircea Lucescu has revealed his opinion that Chelsea star Willian would benefit from a move to Italian giants Juventus.
31-year-old winger Willian has been on the books of Chelsea since 2013, when he made the move to Stamford Bridge from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
And the gifted South American has since gone on to establish himself as a key contributor for the Blues, racking up over 300 appearances across his 6+ seasons in London.
The 2017/18 campaign proved particularly fruitful for the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, with Willian having notched 13 goals and 12 assists in 55 outings across all competitions.
The Lampard effect
However, despite the 69-time capped international’s near ever-present role for the capital outfit, large sections of Chelsea’s fanbase have never truly taken to Willian.
The Corinthians youth product’s inconsistencies last season, meanwhile, often saw him singled out for heavy criticism.
The early months of the current campaign, however, have seen new life breathed into Willian’s performances.
The experienced attacker has been handed a new lease of life by Frank Lampard, looking reinvigorated, dangerous in front of goal and, crucially, fully committed to the Chelsea cause.
This comes despite his contract being due to expire in less than 12 months’ time.
‘Change it up a bit’
As such, speaking earlier this week, Frank Lampard unsurprisingly revealed his hope that Willian stays put beyond next summer:
‘The word isn’t “no brainer” because I can’t get involved in the money. That’s up to the club to do. But everyone sees how much I’m relying on him, and picking him and in what he is producing. I love him at this football club. So there’s my answer.’
One of the Brazilian’s former managers, however, is of the opinion that a move away from Stamford Bridge would actually be best for Willian.
The tactician in question is Mircea Lucescu.
Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport, Lucescu, who oversaw Willian’s development at Shakhtar Donetsk, suggested that a change of scenery would be ‘good’ for the attacker, before tipping Italian champions Juventus as the ‘ideal’ destination:
‘Willian’s contract at Chelsea is expiring. It would be good for him to change it up a bit after all these years in London.’
‘The Bianconeri would be ideal for him.’
Quotes via Football-Italia