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Paul Merson Says: Why does Willian escape criticism for running down Chelsea contract? | Football News

Paul Merson

Football Expert & Columnist @PaulMerse

Merson says he would be surprised if Willian hadn’t already settled on his next move after not being offered a three-year deal with Chelsea

Last Updated: 11/04/20 7:26am

Willian’s contract at Chelsea expires this summer

Paul Merson gives his view on Willian’s contract situation at Chelsea and explains why Alexis Sanchez’s return to Man Utd would make sense.

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.

He’s let his contract run down and no one has said a dicky-bird about it. We have 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 have 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 have not 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…

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