BREAKING: Willian AGREES New Deal Extension To Remain With Chelsea
Willian has agreed on a deal in principle to remain at Chelsea until the end of the domestic season.
With the Brazilian player current contract having been due to expire on June 30.
Frank Lampard will be boosted by the news that the 31 year oId has agreed to stay until the domestic season is finished.
But it remains unclear whether he will compete in the club’s Champions League game in August.
The suspension of football across Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic has seen seasons extended beyond the expiring date.
FIFA had issued guidance that players and clubs should attempt to end the season with their current squads.
but they made it clear that both parties had to agree to continue working together.
Chelsea are still tying up Pedro’s agreement to carry on amid an agreement being put in place for his move to Roma next season.
Pedro’s deal is complicated by the fact that he has a pre contract in place ahead of a free transfer.
Willian however, has yet to agree terms with any other club for the 2020/21 season.
Chelsea still have time to agree on a longer term deal with Willian, who has asked for a three-year contract.
With the Blues currently willing to sign him on a short-term basis due to his age and club’s policy.
Arsenal and Tottenham are the two clubs interested in the Brazilian who is comfortable in London due to his family situation in the English capital.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have avoided the same problems for Giroud and Caballero by activating one-year extension clauses in their contracts.
Lampard had spoken of the importance of keeping his squad together for the final weeks of the season.
As they look to competes for a top-four spot and Champions League football next term.
“We want them to extend their stay and make sure they can see out the season,” Lampard said.
“I see both sides, I see the individual player because I was one, and I respect that they have both been great servants to the club.
“I’ve had nothing but open conversations with them, We’re just trying to make that extension happen.
The players have to be happy, we have to be happy.
Hopefully we can get there before the 23rd of June, next week, because that’s the day we have to get it done by.
“Anyone around us knows that. So we’ll keep talking and hopefully they stay on.”
Willian will also play in the FA Cup, which sees his side face Leicester City in the quarter-final on Sunday.
While the final could potentially be his last game for the club on August 1 should the Blues get there.
Chelsea’s eight loanees in the Championship have mostly agreed to continue on with their respective clubs.
While the club has sold Mario Pasalic to Atalanta in a deal worth around £13 million.