Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed that Brazilian star Willian’s contract extension talks with the club are going on.
The 31-year-old midfielder agreed a short-term deal last month to see him through to the end of the current campaign but after that, his future is uncertain.
Lampard is hopeful that the Brazilian will sign a new contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge next season.
“I haven’t given up hope on it. The club are still in discussions with him. We want him to stay but I also appreciate the fact this contract for Willian is a big deal because of his age. I have been there before myself, but the way he is playing at the moment shows his worth to the squad and I hope it is something we can get to,” Lampard said.
“Whichever way, he has been a great servant to the club and if we can get there, I’ll be happy. If not, I will certainly wish him well as I have a lot of time for him and in the short term, we can see what he is doing for us.”
Willian has been one of Chelsea’s best players since the return of the English Premier League. He scored both goals in a 2-1 victory against Manchester City and scored both goals for the team in a 3-2 loss to West Ham.
Willian has been linked with the move to the two competing London clubs, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Tonight, Chelsea will in action at 10pm East African time against Watford at Stamford Bridge.