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Willian is set to follow Gary Cahill by agreeing a new Chelsea contract, Football Insider sources understand.
The Brazilian midfielder is expected to become the third senior Blues player to commit to fresh terms in a short period following Cahill and Ramires.
Chelsea announced on Wednesday that Cahill had signed a new agreement running until 2019, while Ramires put to paper on a five-year deal last month.
Willian, 27, is out of contract in the summer of 2018 and the Premier League champions have begun preliminary discussions about an extension. They are hopeful of having an agreement in place before the end of the year.
Willian is Chelsea’s leading scorer this season with six goals and has been the most consistently impressive player for the club during what has been a wretched campaign.
He had been fighting for his place in the team following the summer signing of Pedro but the Brazilian has made 20 appearances in all competitions and has kept his regular starting place as one of the three attacking midfielders behind the striker.
The midfielder is likely to feel his negotiating power has increased as a result of his recent form.
Willian has particularly caught the eye with his set-piece deliveries, scoring four free-kicks.
He is set to be part of the Chelsea squad that hosts Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.