Chelsea attacker Willian has once again moved to provide an update on his future.
Willian’s contract situation
Willian, who joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2013, has enjoyed a fruitful spell in England.
All told, the Brazilian has notched 329 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea.
Across these ties, Willian has scored 59, assisted 59, and won numerous trophies, including two Premier League titles.
However, with just over a month remaining on his current contract, Willian’s future at Stamford Bridge looks up in the air.
The winger has been fairly vocal regarding the discussions that he has had with the club this season.
Willian aiming to finish season
The major sticking point for the 69-time capped international in his contract talks thus far appears to have been his desire to secure a three-year deal.
Chelsea, for their part, are only willing to offer two.
This has, of course, led to speculation that Willian could be on the move in the near future, with Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal both linked with the gifted wide-man.
The COVID-19 crisis, meanwhile, has also presented another potential issue for Chelsea and Willian.
With the Premier League campaign not predicted to resume until June 12th at the earliest, a host of players, including Willian, won’t be able to see out the campaign on the terms of their current deals.
The Premier League recently confirmed that clubs and players have until the 23rd of June to agree short-term extensions to contracts due to run out on the 30th of June.
But just because that option is now available, doesn’t mean that every player will be staying to finish the season with their current club, as Bournemouth’s Jordan Ibe showed earlier this week.
However, luckily for Chelsea, Willian has once again stated that he is focused for the rest of the season, so the Blues ‘can continue winning games’:
“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 really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay]. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.
“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.”
Quotes via Goal.
Willian previously stated back in mid-April that he wanted to play until the end of the season, but Chelsea fans will no doubt be glad to hear that the Brazilian’s stance has seemingly not changed as we edge closer to the resumption of Premier League football.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.