Bent takes aim at Chelsea over Willian stance
Darren Bent believes Chelsea should be doing everything they can to keep hold of Willian this summer.
The 31-year-old is currently set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer when his Blues contract expires, having failed to agree an extension.
It is claimed Chelsea have offered him a new two-year deal, but he wants three, and has since been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.
And Bent has now taken aim at the Blues failing to give Willian what he wants.
He told talkSPORT:
“If I was Chelsea I’d give Willian a three-year contract.
“And why would you want one of your best players, who is playing very, very well at the minute and doesn’t look like he’s slowing down, to play for one of your rivals?
“He’s playing as well as anybody right now, so why would you want him to walk out the door for nothing and go and make your rivals stronger? I don’t understand that.
“I’d give him the three years. I would!
“I think Spurs would be in for him with the whole [Jose] Mourinho factor, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal were interested – they want all of Chelsea’s leftovers… this is one I’d actually take, though!
“But, you look at Arsenal’s front line and they’ve got Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka… there are quite a few there so he might not suit Arsenal.
“He might not get as much game time and signing him could also stunt the growth of a player like Martinelli.
“But as far as Spurs, he’d fit right in there.
“Their right hand side has been a problem, they’ve tried Steven Bergwijn and they’re tried Lucas Moura out there and its hasn’t quite worked.
“But if you now go Willian, Harry Kane and Heung-min son, that changes the whole dynamic of that team going forward.”
Willian could swap Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium this summer