A player linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur has provided a boost to both the Gunners and Spurs by admitting his club hasn’t offered him what he was after, before adding that “we don’t talk any more”.
Chelsea midfielder Willian has been on Chelsea’s books since the summer of 2013, when he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in a reported £30million move (BBC Sport).
The Brazilian has been a great servant to the West London side over the years, making upwards of 300 appearances in which he claimed 59 goals and 59 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
A report in The Telegraph from 10 March suggested that Willian’s time at Chelsea may be coming to an end.
The 31-year-old was reportedly offered a two-year deal by the Blues, although he was said to be after a three-year deal.
The outlet added that Willian is now “expected” to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer, and Arsenal are Spurs are said to be keen on his services.
“Everyone knows that my contract ends now in a few months, so the renewal is really a difficult thing to happen,” said Willian.
“I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we don’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.
“Three years… Chelsea said it would be impossible, so for now there’s this difficulty, but nothing is impossible.
“We don’t know what can happen, suddenly we could make a deal and get it right. But what I can say today is that my contract is going over and I will be free to negotiate with any team.”
Willian’s glittering CV speaks for itself, having racked up 329 appearances for Chelsea, and winning numerous trophies including two Premier League titles and a Copa America.
A fast, technically gifted player with great vision and a powerful shot on him, Willian would be an asset for any top side, and Chelsea’s loss could well be the North Londoners’ gain.
Spurs will be going back to the drawing board this summer and the presence of Jose Mourinho, a coach who has a good working history with Willian, could perhaps sway things in their favour.
However, Arsenal also appear interested in the player’s services, Mikel Arteta seeking to bolster his ranks with quality following an underwhelming season.