The saga regarding the future of Willian is set to run and run as we approach the summer transfer window. The Brazilian has already declared his love for London, and his desire to stay in the capital.
However, the 31-year-old has been unable to secure a new deal, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
The problem lies with the offer on the table. Chelsea are willing to offer a new deal, but the former Shaktar Donetsk man wants an agreement for three-years. The Blues hierarchy would prefer a shorter contract.
Reports have suggested both Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in the wingers services. Now transfer expert Duncan Castles has lifted the lid on what is supposedly going on at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to The Transfer Window Podcast, (via Daily Express) Castles claims, Blues boss, Frank Lampard is trying to convince the club that Willian is part of his long-term plans. Castles said:
“Willian wants to stay at Chelsea, wants to stay in London, his family are happy there.”
The Journalist also had his say on what has been offered, and what Willian wants. He added:
“He’s been negotiating with Chelsea, he’s had an offer from them for a one-year contract extension with a one-year option, with reasonably easily triggers involved, to turn it into a two-year deal, but that is not sufficient for him. He’s been looking for a three-year deal, believes he is worth that.”
The trump card for the winger is Frank Lampard’s desire to keep the Brazilian at Stamford Bridge.
“In support of his case he has Frank Lampard, who regards him as an extremely important player in his squad, he likes him as an individual, he likes his attitude to the game, he likes his ability, his tactical, flexibility.”
Castles reports there is some way to go if an agreement is to be reached. As it stands, Willian is likely to leave West-London.
“The information we have is that the stand off between the two sides is that Willian has basically informed Lampard that he thinks that he will not be staying at the club because he does not see the prospect of them improving the offer.”
Is Willian worth a three-year-deal?
He has been a great servant, albeit inconsistent at times. Turning 32 in August, a long-term deal will most probably be the longest he’ll get of what’s left of his career.
It wouldn’t be nice to see him wearing a rivals shirt, but I’m not convinced a lucrative long-term deal is the way to go at this stage of his career
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