EXCLUSIVE: Willian ready to give Chelsea major boost after international break
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Willian is ready to give Chelsea a boost after the international break by signing a new contract, Football Insider sources understand.
The 27-year-old’s current deal ends in the summer of 2018 and the Premier League champions have scheduled discussions about an extension.
Chelsea, who tied Willian’s fellow Brazilian Ramires to a new, five-year deal a fortnight ago, are believed to want an agreement in place before the end of the year.
Willian is Chelsea’s leading scorer this season with five goals and has been the most consistently impressive player for the club during what has been a wretched campaign.
The Blues slumped to their seventh Premier League defeat of the season with a 1-0 defeat to Stoke before the international break but Jose Mourinho will stay on as manager for now.
Willian had been fighting for his place in the team following the summer signing of Pedro but the Brazilian has made 15 appearances in all competitions and kept his regular starting place as one of the three attacking midfielders behind spearhead Diego Costa.
Talks have been scheduled with the club, with the midfielder likely to feel his negotiating power has increased as a result of his recent form.
By contrast, there are doubts surrounding the futures of a number of Willian’s team-mates, including the likes of Oscar, Costa and Eden Hazard.
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 Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.