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Willian: “I plan on staying in Chelsea”

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Chelsea are playing some of their best football in recent years with a young team led by Frank Lampard improving week in and week out.

Among the young attacking core of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian stands out.

The 31-year-old winger took on a mentorship role for the Blues and is seeing a lot of minutes on the pitch this season.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Willian of Chelsea applauds fans after the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Chelsea FC at St Mary’s Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Willian started all three matches in the Champions League, as well as five in the Premier League.

He managed to score two goals, and get an assist, as the Brazilian returned to the team after winning Copa America with his nation in July.

However, Chelsea’s policy of giving out only one-year deals to players over 30 years of age is very clear.

This was part of the reason that John Terry left to join Aston Villa.

With Willian’s contract running out in 2020, the rumors of him leaving the club have already started.

But, Willian dismissed those claims in his interview with Esporte Interativo, quoting Football365, saying:

“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,” Willian said.

“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.”

Willian is helping Chelsea as the team looks better as the season goes on. The latest win over Ajax in the Champions League is just a confirmation of Frank Lampard’s good work.