Chelsea winger Willian has cast doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge after saying he’s uncertain as to whether a new deal “will be possible” following the club’s latest offer.
Willian, 31, is set to leave the club for free at the end of this season when his current contract expires, and his insistence on a new three-year deal could see the two part ways.
“Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this, I really don’t know if it will be possible.
“My goal is to continue working and focus on this remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning the games for the remainder of the season.”
Frank Lampard’s side face an uphill struggle if they’re to come back in the round-of-16 second leg against Bayern and advance in the Champions League.
Willian was unable to make a telling impact off the bench, and his post-match comments could be a hint at the frustration he felt after being left out of his side’s XI on the evening.
One can understand Chelsea’s logic in being reluctant to offer new three-year terms to a player who turns 32 in August, with the west Londoners rarely holding onto players deep into their thirties in modern times.
The decision will also be influenced by the arrival of Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, who will join Chelsea from Ajax this summer after the club announced he’s agreed personal terms ahead of a $43.6 million (€40 million) transfer this summer.
The club will also be banking on the development of United States star Christian Pulisic, who has been hindered by injury for much of his maiden season in England’s capital.