Stop, stop, stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract - Sarri

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Despite an impressive performance in the midweek defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semifinal, Chelsea Maurizio Sarri opted to leave Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench.

"I am really very happy with the result", Sarri said.

Asked when he expects a Fabregas replacement - reportedly a straight choice between Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari star Nicolo Barella - to arrive, Sarri replied: "I have no idea". We stopped to play and then we had problems. The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club's decision. "I can not do anything more".

The Brazilian forward, linked with a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes, curled the ball past Martin Dubravka shortly before the hour to move his side six points in front of fifth-placed Arsenal.

"We started well but after the goal we slept for 20 minutes, so by the end of the first half we were in trouble", Sarri told BBC Sport.

Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang are believed to be ready to rival Barcelona in their pursuit of Chelsea ace Willian this month, despite Blues boss Mauricio Sarri clearly stating he doesn't want the player to be sold.

"You know very well that Willian is a very important player", he said. Willian or Hazard or Pedro can make the difference and they have. To be fair we can not complain about what the players were doing on the pitch.

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Sarri added: "With Eden as a striker we need wingers". We need [Hudson-Odoi]. We need Willian of course. "For us, in this moment, he is a fundamental player".

"Maybe he has 12 years of contract, I don't know".

The former Napoli manager responded similarly to talk Willian potential exit in an interview with Sky Sports, claiming: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player".

And it was his replacement Pedro who opened the scoring on 10 minutes.

Chelsea took the lead after nine minutes, through Pedro, but Newcastle responded and deservedly equalised five minutes before half-time through Ciaran Clark before Willian's second-half victor.

'I scored a good goal.

"We were better in the second half". So we need Pedro. It was really very important to get three points.

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