Why Willian’s contract negotiations broke down and the latest on Chelsea star’s future

Having lost Eden Hazard last summer to Real Madrid, Chelsea could be set to lose another key winger this year.

Willian’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, where the Brazilian will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.

Having joined the Blues in 2013, the 31-year-old’s time at the Blues, having won two Premier League titles, could be ending.

But why the stall in negotiations?

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Conversations between Chelsea and the player’s representatives have been going on for some time, and it doesn’t appear to be about money.

Chelsea have often had a policy of not giving over-30s players more than a one-year deal, however they broke that last season for David Luiz.

Of course, the defender left during the summer transfer window for Arsenal on deadline day, with the Blues receiving around £7million for the centre-back.

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Chelsea during the break

That has set a new precedent when it comes to negotiations, however Willian appears to be pushing that level slightly further.

The Brazilian is looking for a new three-year deal, something which would keep him at the club until at least 2023.

Willian and his family are settled in London, and despite regular links with Barcelona, the winger is keen to stay in England’s capital.

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However, Chelsea are only willing to give him a two-year contract, and that is where the sticking point has come.

“Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered,” Willian told Esporte Interativo back in February.

“I said I wanted three more years. ‘The situation is difficult because of this, I really don’t know if it will be possible.

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