With Arsenal reportedly closing in on Willian’s signature, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Sky Sports that he will have no hard feelings if the Brazilian ace leaves this summer.
The Blues boss also reiterated his great working relationship with Willian, insisting he’s a “fantastic man and a fantastic player”.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are believed to be one of the sides interested in the 31-year-old’s signature, with his Blues contract expiring at the end of the month.
Over the past few days, speculation has intensified, with Sky Sports reporting that Arsenal have made Willian a formal three-year contract offer and edged into pole position for his signature.
The Mirror, meanwhile, claimed earlier this week that the Gunners will no longer pursue Philippe Coutinho as they’ve opted to prioritise Willian, suggesting that a deal is close.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich, Lampard said the club had “done everything we can” to try and keep Willian at Stamford Bridge.
“It actually doesn’t matter about disappointment from any party in this situation,” he told Sky Sports on Friday.
“I haven’t got an answer for you (if Willian will leave) first and foremost, because Willian remains our player at the moment.
“In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club I think we have done everything we can to explain to Willian, and mine and his relationship is really close.
“I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. I’ve played with him, coached him, he’s a fantastic man and a fantastic player. I think he will feel like that about Chelsea, I’ll leave him to say his own words.”
Willian’s stellar CV speaks for itself, along with his impressive displays week-in, week-out in English and European football – he is an incredibly talented player, fast, agile, hard-working and technically gifted.
With Arsenal’s future looking bright under Mikel Arteta, having won the FA Cup, earning a place in the Europa League and seemingly making positive steps in the transfer market, the stage looks set for Willian to make the move and help the club to the next level.