Chelsea star ‘offered new £120,000-a-week contract’

Date published: Tuesday 23rd February 2016 10:13

Willian: 'Offered new deal'

Chelsea have offered Willian a new four-year contract worth £120,000 a week to fend off any summer interest in the player, according to reports.

The Times claim the Blues are concerned their best player this season could be lured away from the Bridge if Chelsea fail to secure Champions League football this season.

The club are believed to be expecting offers for Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa at the end of the season and Willian’s prominence this campaign has prompted Chelsea to offer the Brazilian new terms.

Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich or Juventus, who have all expressed interest in him in the past, are the likely suitors for Willian, 27, who has two-and-a-half years left on the deal he signed when he arrived for £30million from Anzhi Makhachkala in August 2013.

The versatile forward has scored 10 times this season in easily his best season since his arrival from Russia and the paper claims Willian has hinted to officials that he is keen to extend his stay in west London. In fact the player last month revealed he was happy with life at Chelsea.

“I am very happy here,” Willian told the Daily Telegraph. “When I was playing in Ukraine I wanted to come here so coming here was the realisation of a dream. Of course, I want to stay. But at the same time my head is quite calm. I am just going to see how things go. I’m happy.”

However, the former Shakhtar Donetsk star will not commit his future to the club until they appoint a permanent manager in the summer.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink is expected to leave in the summer, but John Obi Mikel says he wants the Dutchman to stay on. 

“We want him to stay. It is the choice of the owner, the club and the board. They will have to decide. But if you speak to the players, 98 or 99 per cent of them want him to stay so I mean, we are very happy, we are performing well and let’s hope this continues,” said Mikel.

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