The Blues may have acted swiftly to retain Willy Caballero and Olivier Giroud, but the futures of Pedro and Willian are still in the limbo.
Willian has meant that he is open to the possibility of extending his stay at Chelsea by a month or two in order to complete the season. According to Esporte Interativo, Willian said:
“It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years,
“The situation is difficult because of this. I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let’s see what happens.”
The Premier League has allowed the possibility of negotiating a short-term contract extension with players who are about to free agents on June 30. The league has set an ambitious date of mid-June for a restart even as many players and staff at clubs start testing positive for coronavirus.
After making the move to Chelsea in 2013 for £30 million, Willian has been a key member of the team even if he has been overshadowed largely by Eden Hazard’s brilliance. However, the 31-year-old wants to sign a three-year contract whereas Chelsea are only prepared to offer him a two-year deal. This is still a remarkable gesture from Chelsea, who are not used to giving out more than a 12-month contract for players over 30. It is crucial to remember that Willian will soon be 32 and a three-year contract will keep him at the club until 35.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for his services.
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