Serie A leaders Juventus are ready to tempt Brazilian star Willian away from Chelsea in the summer. According to reports, the winger might turn down the offer because of former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri.
The Brazilian’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he can formally negotiate terms with overseas clubs. He has so far failed to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge and he might leave as a free agent inn the summer if he fails to agree to a new deal.
According to The Daily Express, Cheslea will offer Willian a year contract due to the fact that he is above 30. The report added that the club have a longstanding policy of only offering players over 30 that kind of deal and have presented the offer to the 31-year-old. The Chelsea winger, however, wants a longer contract that will run for two seasons instead.
The news medum reports that Juventus are monitoring the contract situation after they tried to sign Willian last summer. However, the report noted that the Brazilian doesn’t fancy the idea of playing under Sarri.
The Brazilian joined Chelsea from Russian side Anzhi in a £32m deal in 2013. He has reiterated his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge where he has spent the last six-and-a-half years and has gone on to make over 300 appearances. The 31-year-old has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, an FA Cup, and a League Cup.
Speaking to Yahoo Sport, Willian said: “I have stated several times my wish is to stay at Chelsea. “I like the club very much, I feel very welcomed here, as well as my family, and we love living in London.
“However, I’m in the middle of the season and I try not to think about it so as not to lose focus on the field. My agent and the club are talking and I hope we can have some good news soon.
“In transfer windows, it is normal to have bids and speculations, especially for players who are in the final contract. But my focus is 100% on Chelsea and the season.”
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed last year December that Willian contract talks are ongoing.
“He’s in talks with the club [about a contract], he speaks with the club on the money side of it,” Lampard said.