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Willian’s future at Chelsea seems secure but if his recent words are any indication at all, as quoted by Sky Sports, the Brazilian knows what he wants to do and is waiting for the Blues to make their move.
And this could be a blessing in disguise for Barcelona.
The winger is now already 31 years old and his contract is due to expire next summer.
That means he is now eligible to talk to other teams in January and Chelsea risk losing the player for free. But if his latest admission is anything to go by, Willian would very much prefer staying at Stamford Bridge.
And interestingly enough, he was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, which was not the first time we’ve seen those rumours appear.
But it seems that despite the Catalans’ reported interest, Willian wants to stay put.
Here’s what he said in full:
“I feel happy to play for this club but this situation is not in my hands. It’s in theirs. I wait for them. They know what I want, what I want to do. They already know so I wait for them.”
For all his obvious qualities and experience, Willian is someone Barcelona should definitely be staying away from.
And yes, he has bagged some important goals in 2019/20, netting a total of three and assisting further three across all competitions, and he’s proven himself on numerous big stages, but he is 31 and Barcelona already have young wingers in their squad.
The likes of Ousmane Dembele, Carles Perez and not to mention their prodigy, Ansu Fati, are all eager to start playing some regular football and the arrival of Willian would only make that much more difficult.
Chelsea have a really good player in their midsts and his skill is definitely not under a question mark.
But looking strictly to the future, and especially with some of the key players in the team already on the wrong side of their 30s, Barcelona can’t afford to put too many more veterans on that pile.
For that reason, Willian’s stance could actually end up being a blessing in disguise for the Catalans if he indeed stays at Stamford Bridge.
They can only hope so but as the player stated himself, we’re all waiting for the Blues to make their move, and that could set everything into motion, one way or the other.
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