N'Golo Kante has revealed Chelsea players were discussing how they would adapt to the style of new manager Maurizio Sarri during their summer holidays.
However, the Italian paid for fallouts with a number of senior players and failing to qualify for the Champions League when he was finally dismissed after months of speculation over his future.
Willian himself was linked with a move away from the club with Barcelona reportedly lodging transfer bids, only for Chelsea to turn them down.
It's also reported that Sarri has loosened rules on players' diets in the build-up to games because Conte's strict nutrition rules didn't endear himself to many at the club.
"It will require a lot of sacrifice from us all, so that is why I have to continue moving forward as a player".
"That's why he (Sarri) talked about "fun" football. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go".
Chelsea next face Arsenal in a tough English Premier League fixture on Saturday 18 August. Conte won just one of eight meetings against their London rivals, but Willian expects a different outcome thanks to Sarri's approach.
The ex-Napoli boss said: "He is playing like a centre right-midfielder and I am very happy for the performance of Kante, especially when I think he only arrived with us on Monday".
The 24-year-old only played two Premier League games for us last season but seems to be in great shape under Sarri.
"To keep learning. The new manager obviously has a different style to our previous manager".