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Willian marks Chelsea cup win by obscuring Conte image with trophy emojis

The Brazilian has struggled for a starting place under the Italian boss.

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Willian (right) celebrates winning the FA Cup with Emerson Palmieri (left) and David Luiz (centre)

Willian (right) celebrates winning the FA Cup with Emerson Palmieri (left) and David Luiz (centre)

Willian (right) celebrates winning the FA Cup with Emerson Palmieri (left) and David Luiz (centre)

A photograph has been posted on Chelsea midfielder Willian’s Instagram Story in which Blues manager Antonio Conte has been obscured.

The Brazilian, who featured only as a late substitute as the Blues beat Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final, posted a series of photographs on the social media site.

On one of them, three trophy emojis had been placed in such a way to obscure Conte from a photograph of the whole team celebrating their success.

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Chelsea's squad celebrate winning the FA Cup

Chelsea's squad celebrate winning the FA Cup

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Chelsea's squad celebrate winning the FA Cup

Speculation continues to persist that Conte will leave Chelsea this summer despite the FA Cup success, although he insisted again on Saturday that he remains “committed” to the club.

Willian started only 20 Premier League matches for Chelsea in the 2017-18 season, featuring as a substitute on a further 16 occasions.

He did not start any games after reacting angrily to being substituted in the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on April 22.

The west London side finished the season fifth, outside the Champions League qualification places.

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