Chelsea winger Willian has given his biggest indication yet that he will leave the Blues at the end of the season.
The Brazilian international has been holding out for a three-year contract extension but, with the player turning 32 in August, the Blues have refused to offer more than a two-year deal. The midfielder says the impasse leaves him in a tough spot:
“It’s a difficult situation. Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change. I 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. Let’s see what happens.”
Willian has stated that he will be looking to stay in Europe if he leaves Chelsea, while he has also made it clear that he would like to stay in London.
With Arsenal and Tottenham, both said to be interested in the Brazilian, it means a controversial move to a London rival could well be a possibility this summer.
Willian’s current contract expires at the end of next month, although he is expected to agree to a short term extension, at least, to ensure he can play in the Blues’ remaining fixtures this campaign.