Willian has become the latest player to pledge his future to Chelsea, following in the footsteps of countryman David Luiz, who has said he was close to agreeing terms over a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian winger will likely continue to be a key player in west London with Chelsea’s pockets set to be zipped shut for the next two transfer windows – that is, if the club even want him anymore.
“I have one year left, but of course I want to play for this club.
“I don’t know if they want me, but of course I want to continue here.
“This club is very special to me. I won titles here, I have the affection from the fans and from the people that work in the club. I feel comfortable to stay. I am happy when I play well and score goals. I can give a different light.”
The former Anzhi Makhachkala man’s comments will surely be music to Chelsea fans’ ears. On the surface it seems that it is only a matter of time before he agrees a new deal.
However, the underlying issue is that the divisive samba star doesn’t even know if the club want to keep him – he might be willing to stay at Stamford Bridge but, if he doesn’t know whether his services are required, he can be added to the long list of players who are being poorly treated by the 2016/17 Premier League champions.
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With the fates of Eden Hazard, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill, Mateo Kovacic and more all uncertain, the club appears to be in a real mess. Nobody seems certain of what next season holds for them and, particularly with the transfer embargo looming, that should be of real concern.
Losing Hazard might be far more devastating than losing Willian, but the latter’s comments are more worrying than the reports linking the former with a move to Real Madrid – at least it’s clear where everyone stands in that situation and the same cannot be said for Willian, who looks to be in limbo.