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Willian open to committing his future to Chelsea

Brazil international Willian has said that he is content with the proceedings at Chelsea and would prefer to extend his stay at the west London giants. The 31-year-old has remained loyal to the Blues over the past six seasons but there are doubts emanating regarding his Blues future with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign.

Speaking to Standard Sport, Willian said that he loves to play for the Europa League holders and he would prefer to remain with the club beyond the summer, should an agreement be reached, he told: “From my side, I want to stay. I have one year left and I want to stay because I like to play for Chelsea. I love this club, I love to live in London and my family loves it here.”

The Blues have recently changed from the policy of handing one-year deals to players aged above 30 but so far, there has not been much progress on Willian’s contract with the focus elsewhere. Under Frank Lampard, it is quite evident that the younger players are getting more of a chance and the current priority seems on extending the contract of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The teenager has just 10 months remaining on his current contract but reports have emerged that the Blues are close to confirming an extension. Should the breakthrough be found, the Capital outfit may then consider the future of Willian, although that may not necessarily assure the winger with a payrise with the new deal.

Chelsea have made a mixed start to the season but there has been plenty of promise on the attack front with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount contributing 10 of the club’s 11 Premier League goals. Still, they have managed just two wins from the opening five league matches and that has to do with the defence which has looked nervous. The Blues hold the worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals conceded after five matches.