Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to hand a new contract to Willian, who scored his side's winning goal in their Champions League clash with Lille this week.


Posted Sunday, October 06, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea are poised to open talks with Brazilian star Willian over a new contract.

The 31-year-old is in the last year of his deal at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Juventus.

But manager Frank Lampard wants the Brazil international, who has been at the club for six years after joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 in a £30 million deal, to stay.

Willian missed the start of the season after being on international duty, but has been in good form since returning.

He has taken over the number ten shirt formerly worn by Eden Hazard, and netted two goals in his last two games, including the winning strike in the 2-1 Champions League victory in Lille on Wednesday.

The club are likely to offer the Brazil star, who as it stands will be free to talk to other clubs in January, a new one-year deal as he is over 30.

Willian wants to stay at the club as he is now settled in London.

The winger, who has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Europa League in his spell at Chelsea has also told friends that he would not be interested in a move to Juventus, now managed by ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri - as he did not like the football the side played under the Italian.

Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)

Speaking earlier this week, Willian insisted he was not panicked that talks over his future have not progressed.

"No, no, nothing,” he said, when asked if there was any update on an extension.

"But] yes, I am still relaxed. I am calm, I am relaxed. I wait for the club.”

Asked about Willian’s importance after his winning goal against Lille, Lampard said: “Really important - he’s a top player.

Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea to open Willian contract talks as Frank Lampard keen to keep winger - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)

"I want to see him happy. I want to see a smile on his face because his work ethic has been brilliant.

"He can take people out of the game with his speed and trickery and he can score goals for us.

"It’s a lovely balance for the young players. We need to have competition in attack and out wide because it must be like that, they must be on edge.”

Chelsea return to action this weekend against Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday (2pm).



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