Has Willian taken a Costa-esque parting shot at Chelsea boss Antonio Conte?

Has Willian taken a Costa-esque parting shot at Chelsea boss Antonio Conte?

Chelsea winger Willian looks to have taken a shot at current manager Antonio Conte following the club’s FA Cup win on Saturday.

The Blues beat Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley in the FA Cup final, courtesy of a penalty from Eden Hazard, securing the club’s only trophy of the season.

Conte’s future at the club has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with many expecting the Italian to leave once the season is officially over.

Willian appears to have had his say on the boss, and it does not look positive for Conte.

Posting celebratory pictures of the FA Cup final on his Instagram story, as is the norm in today’s game, Willian shared an image of the entire Chelsea squad with the trophy.

However, the Brazilian covered up Conte with three trophy emojis – the only person in the image to be rendered recognisable.

Reports also surfaced of Willian leaving Wembley long before the rest of his teammates and celebrations were done, claims which were supported up another of the Brazilian’s story posts showing him dressed in his suit while other Chelsea players are still in their match-worn kits.

Willian is reportedly unhappy with his lack of playing time at Chelsea under Conte and has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, linking up with former boss Jose Mourinho who originally brought him to England in 2013.

Earlier this week he was asked about his relationship with Conte by ESPN Brasil, to which he replied, “Oh boy. Do you really want me to tell you? Let’s save it for the next interview.”

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This is not the first time a player has used Instagram to “delete” Conte from the record with former Chelsea man Diego Costa having scratched out the Italian manager’s name while posting during the Blues’ Champions League last-16 game against Barcelona earlier in the season.

“The FA Cup final win saved Chelsea’s season”

The FA Cup trophy may not be enough to save Conte’s Chelsea job after the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League, missing out on Champions League football for next season.

And goalscorer Hazard says to win a trophy for the fans made the players happy.

“To see the fans celebrate is something we like,” he told BBC Sport after the match.

“We didn’t have a great season but at least we finish with a trophy.”

While club captain Gary Cahill believes the win saved Chelsea’s season.

He said: “Unbelievable. You can see what it means to us, to the fans and the staff.

“This was to save our season, we haven’t had a magnificent season by any stretch. We are used to winning, I’m not saying that in an arrogant way.

“We had a lot of defending to do, they pushed us until the very end. We are buzzing. We got the job done.”