Chelsea’s stance on Willian’s future after securing Hakim Ziyech transfer

Chelsea want to extend Willian’s seven-year Stamford Bridge spell, despite agreeing to sign fellow winger Hakim Ziyech this summer from Ajax.

The Blues announced this week that they will sign the Morocco international for an initial fee of £33.3m, which could rise to £36.7m with bonuses.

Willian, whose current contract expires in the summer, is still deemed an important asset at the west London club by boss Frank Lampard.

But Chelsea are reluctant to offer more than one-year extensions to players in their thirties, however, the club has shown flexibility in recent years with the likes of David Luiz and Olivier Giroud.

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And according to the Independent, Ziyech’s impending arrival does not change plans to find an agreement over an extension for Willian.

There is a willingness from both sides to get a deal done before the summer despite the 31-year-old’s optimistic demands for a three-year extension

Willian has an impeccable injury record and has averaged almost 50 matches played per season since Chelsea beat Tottenham to his signature in a £30m deal from Anzhi Makhachkala.

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The Brazil international has been the source of recent interest from Juventus and Barcelona, as well as a number of other European clubs.

Asked outright if Ziyech’s arrival means Willian and Pedro will leave the club, Lampard replied: “No it doesn’t.

“Those conversations are ongoing with both players. And I think we’ve bought in a quality player who can play in various positions, so it certainly doesn’t have a one-on-one effect on any player.”

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Asked about what great servants the pair have been to Chelsea, Lampard continued: “Oh yeah, without a doubt, and both been here in successful periods for the club.

“Both I found to be very…


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