Willian Provides Update on His Future as Chelsea Contract Winds Down

?Brazil international Willian says he wants to “stay in the Premier League” ahead of a move away from Chelsea this summer.

The 31-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to run out on 30 June, and Willian has already attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and even Bayern Munich.

With football currently on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, Willian says he hasn’t received any concrete offers so far but that he would prefer to stay in the Premier League next season if he’s given the chance.


My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no,” Willian said, quoted by the Daily Mail. “I’ll play until the end of the season and see what happens.

“The only concrete negotiation was to renew a contract with Chelsea, which wasn’t possible. They wanted a two-year contract and I asked for three.

“Now, everything has stopped.

“We hear the rumours, we know that we have interest from clubs, especially because I’ll be free in the market, I’ll be able to negotiate, there are no offers for now.”

Willian has an impressive record in the Premier League, having arrived at Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013. 

The 31-year-old has scored 33 goals and picked up 37 assists in 226 top-flight appearances over the last seven years, where Willian’s also established himself as a regular in Brazil’s national team.

Willian isn’t the only Chelsea player who is on course to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season, as Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Willy Caballero and Marco van Ginkel will also see their contracts expire at the end of June.

They’re among the 68 Premier League players who will become free agents later this year.

Although Willian’s next move is far from clear, it would appear both Arsenal and Tottenham will have an advantage in negotiations as the forward would be able to stay in London, as well as the Premier League.

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