Danny Murphy slams Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for ‘ridiculous’ treatment of Willian

Antonio Conte slammed for 'ridiculous' treatment of Chelsea star
Willian has scored against Barcelona and Manchester United in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been criticised for his ‘ridiculous’ treatment of Willian by former England and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.

Willian, who is in his fifth season at Stamford Bridge, has been Chelsea’s standout attacking player in recent weeks, scoring four goals in his last four matches for the Premier League champions.

The Brazilian, though, has only made 14 starts in the English top flight this term and is being linked with a big-money move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid in the summer.

While the likes of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata tend to steal the limelight at Chelsea, Murphy has urged Conte to build his team around Willian.

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‘I am concerned that Antonio Conte makes too many selections based on personality rather than performance,’ he told the Evening Standard.

‘Willian’s recent form has rightly been highlighted but whenever he plays for Chelsea, he nearly always makes an impact.

‘So why has he made only 14 Premier League starts this season? It is ridiculous.’

Antonio Conte slammed for 'ridiculous' treatment of Chelsea star
Antonio Conte’s side are preparing to take on Manchester City (Picture: Getty)
Antonio Conte slammed for 'ridiculous' treatment of Chelsea star
David Luis was involved in a training ground bust-up with Antonio Conte earlier this season (Picture: Getty)

David Luiz has also found himself on the bench this season and Murphy believes the defender should be an automatic selection for Conte.

‘I have never seen Willian have a bad game, so if someone tells me he is being left out on football grounds, I am not having it,’ he added.

‘People criticise David Luiz and sometimes he makes mistakes.

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‘But last season, he was outstanding in a defence that helped Conte win the title in his first season at Chelsea.

‘In terms of ability, he should be in the team, not sitting in the stands or on the bench.’

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