Chelsea winger Willian says he is keen to stay at the Blues despite his current contract expiring in the summer. The Brazilian has been repeatedly linked with a move to Barcelona, as well as a switch back to his former club Corinthians.
When asked whether he could return to Brazil, the 31-year-old said that he still believes he has a lot to offer in Europe and would like to extend his current deal with the Blues:
“Of course, when you talk about Corinthians, the club that launched me, I have a great affection. But honestly, I don’t think about returning to Brazil.”
“I think I have a lot of wood to burn here in Europe. I have a market. I’m very happy here at Chelsea. Of course, my contract is ending now, at the end of the season it’s over. But I’m happy at Chelsea and I plan to stay out here.”
Reports earlier this month suggested that manager Frank Lampard is keen to keep Willian with discussions set to get underway over a one-year contract extension.
However, as things stand, the Brazilian international is set to leave the club at the end of June. As well as Barcelona and Corinthians, Atletico Madrid and Juventus have been touted as potential destinations, but if he continues to be a regular starter for Lampard, he looks likely to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.