Willian will likely exit Chelsea in the coming transfer window if the player and the football club failed to agree on terms of a contract extension.
The contract of the 31-year-old Brazilian midfielder will end this June and a verity of big European clubs are already knocking on the door of the Chelsea man for his signature.
Tops on the list of clubs that are already lining up for his signature are clubs of his former coaches at Chelsea – Tottenham (Jose Mourinho) and Juventus (Maurizio Sarri).
However, Willian still wants to stay at Chelsea but he can only do that if the club stops insisting that he will be offered a two-year contract rather than the three-year contract he is asking for.
Since Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala 7 seasons ago, he has been one of the top men at Stanford Bridge. He has made 346 appearances and scored 58 goals for the club.
“Everyone knows my contract is up in a few months and it looks like it’ll be difficult to secure an extension. I think it’s unlikely that I’ll renew because Chelsea offered me a two-year deal, I asked for three and it ended there”, he said while speaking on Fox Sports show Expediente Futebol.
“There were no more talks or negotiations. Chelsea said that three years would be impossible, so at the moment it seems unlikely that I’ll extend, but nothing is impossible.
“We don’t know what might happen. We might suddenly reach an agreement, but what I can say today is that my contract is up and I’ll be free to negotiate with any club.”
He also talked about how he has built something fantastic at Chelsea and how he has gotten used to the fans and the people working at the club. “I’ve felt very settled”, he added.
Willian Wants to Remain in Europe
While saying he was not ready to return to Brazil, Willian cleared the air on the transfer rumours linking him with Tottenham, Juventus and Barcelona. He revealed that there was nothing concrete about such deals and that it was only in 2018 that Barcelona made a concrete move to secure his signature.
He said: “At the moment I’m not thinking about going back to Brazil and my aim is to stay in Europe.
“I think there’s still scope for me to do that in the current market and continue playing at the top level for a few more years. My target is to remain in Europe.
“The last negotiations that I had were with Chelsea. The only offer for me from Barcelona was in 2018 after the World Cup. Chelsea didn’t accept that year as they didn’t want to sell me.
“It’s just speculation [linking him with Barcelona and Juventus] and it’s nothing concrete, as is often the case.”