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Willian set to be available on free transfer after making admission about Chelsea future

Willian seems to have admitted defeat in his contract battle with Chelsea and looks set for the exit door.

The Brazil international is perhaps the most key player at the club whose contract expires in the summer.

Pedro, Willy Caballero and Olivier Giroud are among the others who have deals coming to an end in 2020.

However, negotiations with Willian look to have arrived at a standstill.

Chelsea have only offered the 31-year-old a two-year deal but Willian is asking for three.

The club do not usually give players over 30 contracts over one year so to even consider three would be breaking some serious rules.

Willian has made 329 appearances for Chelsea since joining in 2013
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But Willian will not accept anything less and so the exit door at Stamford Bridge looms.

And though the former Shakhtar star previously said he would play beyond his deal as a result of the coronavirus crisis, it now looks more likely that he will depart at the end of June.

“Everyone knows that my contract ends now in a few months,” he said.

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“So the renewal is really a difficult thing to happen.

“I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.

Willian has yet to sign a new contract at Chelsea

“Three years… Chelsea said it would be impossible, so for now there’s this difficulty, but nothing is impossible.

“We don’t know what can happen, suddenly we could make a deal and get it right.

“But what I can say today is that my contract is going over and I will be free to negotiate with any team.”

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Several clubs are said to be interested in his services should he go.

Wolves and Leicester are among the Premier League clubs looking to snap him up but the Brazilian wants to stay in London.

It means a reunion…

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