Willian has featured in 15 fixtures for the Blues but is out of contract in the summer and has been linked to join Cristiano Ronaldo.
Willian has found himself enjoying his football under Frank Lampard’s youth revolution at the Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian finds himself leading Chelsea’s youth on their assault on the Premier League table.
The 31-year-old has registered three goals and assists in all competitions.
And his 1089 minutes for Chelsea in all competitions reveals his importance as part of first team role under Lampard. Understandably, the manager has called the Blues to resolve Willian’s contract situation.
“I can’t get involved in the money, that’s up to the club, but I think everyone sees from what I’m saying, and I’m relying on him and picking him and he’s producing, I love him at this football club”.
“The off-the-ball work he’s done is an absolutely outstanding example for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and other young wingers who think the only part of the game is going past people and crossing or shooting.”
“He does the other side brilliantly, with absolute humility, so he’s been a joy and one of the experienced players that’s really helping the young boys.”
Future at Chelsea
Chelsea are going through a youthful transition under Frank Lampard, thanks to their transfer transgressions. And Willian’s importance cannot be belied. He is a calm head and a role model for the young players.
He wore the captain’s armband during the Blue’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta. Lampard definitely views him as a trusted aid.
However, age is not on his side and Cheslea do not offer contract extensions, let alone long term deals to players over 30. Petr Cech was not offered one. Neither was Didier Drogba.
Moreover, Willian’s output from the wing is not spectacular. His attacking prowess is waning with a dismal return of three goals from 32 league outings to show for.
Chelsea are understandably in two minds: should they extend his bloated contract despite clear signals of reduced output, or keep him on board as their exuberant youth comes of age. The former option seems reasonable, especially with their transfer ban coming to end next summer.
Willian’s contractual situation allows him to talk with foreign clubs from January 1st. And given his performances, a move away from the club will be beneficial. Mircea Lucescu, the Brazillian’s manager at Shaktar Donetsk, believes he needs a change of environment.
“Willian’s contract at Chelsea is expiring, it would be good for him to change it up a bit after all these years in London,” Lucescu told Tuttosport. “The Bianconeri would be ideal for him.”
With Chelsea’s unwillingness to offer the winger a new deal, Turin can be a possible destination. Along with Barcelona, the Old Lady have been tailing the Brazil international for over a couple of years. Willian was a first team regular under Maurizio Sarri, racking 53 appearances in all competitions.