Willian has given the strongest indication yet he could leave London this summer after confirming contract talks have stalled over the length of a possible extension. Brazil international’s existing contract expires this summer, and it was widely reported that talks had reached an impasse with the forward seeking a three-year deal.
The London club have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to Willian over the age of 30, but are willing to make an exception for someone who has made more than 300 appearances since arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.
However, the extension they are willing to sanction falls short of Borges’ expectations, as he explained after Blues 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last night. “Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered,” he said.
“I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this, I don’t know if it will be possible. My goal is to continue working and focus on the rest of the season so that Chelsea can continue winning games. I have a clear head and am focused on.”
Borges has previously attracted interest from Barcelona and AC Milan while Tottenham, who he turned down at the 11th hour before joining Blues, have also emerged as a possible destination with boss Jose Mourinho remaining an admirer of the Brazilian forward having previously tried to sign him while in charge at Man United.
Only Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho have been used more regularly than Willian this campaign but the Blues have begun planning for his possible departure by agreeing on a deal to sign Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech this summer.