Paul Merson thinks Chelsea winger Willian has been very fortunate in terms of letting his contract run down at Stamford Bridge.
Willian is out of contract at the end of the season, and the two parties have failed to reach a compromise on any new deal as yet.
This means the Blues’ winger will, as things stand, be allowed to move on a free transfer once the season concludes.
And Merson believes Willian has been allowed to “get away” with letting his deal run down because of how good he has been this season.
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“Willian is very fortunate. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant player and I still think he’s one of Chelsea’s best players, there’s no question about that whatsoever, but I think he’s been fortunate in terms of getting away with the contract situation this season,” the ex-Arsenal man told Sky Sports.
“He’s let his contract run down and no-one has said a dicky-bird about it. We’ve seen so many players get plenty of stick over running down their contract and leaving on a free. Normally everybody goes mad but with Willian, because he’s played so well, it’s gone under the radar.
“He’s got no stick off the fans whatsoever, and you’ve only got to look at the Christian Eriksen situation at Tottenham to know he’s been a bit fortunate with that.
“But Willian is world-class, and Chelsea haven’t got a lot of world-class players. Willian has been outstanding, he could play for Manchester City tomorrow. There will be teams queuing around the block to sign him. He’s a special player and for me, Chelsea have dropped one by letting it get to this situation.
“He wants a three-year deal, but I think he hasn’t got much chance of that now. I don’t see clubs giving out contracts like that anymore. One minute, we are sitting here, and everything is rosy,…