Chelsea's problems compound as Willian speaks out about trust issues with Antonio Conte

The Brazil international says he could follow fellow striker Diego Costa out of Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte
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Problems keep on piling up at Chelsea Football Club as winger Willian says boss Antonio Conte has trust issues, according to reports by the Dailystar.

The Brazil international says he could follow fellow striker Diego Costa out of Stamford Bridge.

Costa is now set to be embroiled in a legal dispute with the Blues.

Chelsea have ordered him to return to west London and train with the youth team until his future is sorted.

But the striker is refusing to ever go back and is trying to force through a move to former side Atletico Madrid, who are under a transfer embargo and are barred from registering players until January 1, 2018.

In a statement released on Thursday, the striker insisted that he will only join Atletico Madrid, as per the Dailystar.

The Brazil-born Spain international forward is in self-imposed exile in his homeland of Brazil and has refused to turn up for Chelsea's pre-season training - despite multiple requests to do so.

Blues boss Antonio Conte told him at the end of last season that he was no longer required and would be sold this summer.

But Costa has claimed he will join Atletico and no other club this summer and has hinted he will head to Spain to make sure it happens.

Costa said, via his boyhood club SportivoSergipe: "My destination is already made."

"I must return to Atletico Madrid.

"It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea does not want to release me.

"But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain."

And Willian is said to be concerned he could be heading down a similar path.

According to the Daily Mail, Willian fears he may be next in line to be cut adrift by Conte.

Willian confirmed recently Manchester United were in contact last year over a reunion with Jose Mourinho.

Pressure is growing on the Italian manager, with players and fans becoming bewildered by Chelsea's transfer policy. Defensive stalwart NemanjaMatic has already switched Chelsea for United this summer in a £40m move.

And things seem to have compounded with an opening weekend 3-2 defeat at home to lowly Burnley.

The Blues, though, are plotting more signings, with Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, Everton playmaker Ross Barkley and Torino striker Andrea Belotti all wanted.