Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is ready to lose Willian with Arsenal poised to sign the Brazilian soon.
A free transfer is on the cards for the 31-year-old after the Blues failed to agree terms over a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard won’t have Willian available for Saturday night’s Champions League round of 16 second leg away to Bayern Munich.
The Chelsea star is still carrying a minor injury which also saw him miss the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal last weekend.
His deal is about to expire, and speaking on the latest regarding Willian’s situation, Lampard said: “I read a headline that mentioned disappointment. That doesn’t matter.
“Willian remains our player at the moment, he is injured. He’d have given everything to play.
Manager Frank Lampard is ready to lose Willian
“He’s carried this injury… as a club we’ve done everything we can to explain to Willian.
“Our relationship is really close but no disappointment if he moves on. A fantastic man and fantastic player.
“The club have acted very well in this. If he moves on I’ll wish him well.”
Asked about whether he will leave a big hole, the Chelsea boss added: “He’s been here for seven seasons.
Arsenal could boast a ferocious line up if Willian completes his move across London
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“When I came in and we had issues with younger players, a transitional element, we relied on him for experience and quality. He has his own decision to make.
“Eden Hazard left last year, the club continues and tries to work forward. As we have done this season.”
On whether Willian needs to be mature about it, Lampard continued: “The player has a…