Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping to extend the contracts of Willian and Olivier Giroud if the Premier League restarts.
The Blues duo are out of contract on June 30 and can walk away for free, but Lampard is hoping that will not happen and is planning to keep the pair until the suspended season concludes.
Giroud, 33, and Willian, 31, both scored in Chelsea’s last match – a 4-0 won over Everton and Lampard knows the importance of the pair.
“It is still uncertain if and when play will get underway. We have big players [out of contract] so that’s something I’m obviously looking at very carefully,” Lampard told Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp. “The ones who are out of contract here have been great servants for the club, and actually have a lot of feeling for the club.
“Of course, they’ll be concerned about themselves, in terms of how training is now is and if the pre-season is a rush they’re going to have to make sure they’re alright. So, it’s going to have to be something we have to look at, hopefully we can make that arrangement can be made so they can stay with us. I would love the squad to look as it has all season, but we’ll have to see how that works.”
Regarding Willian’s long-term future, Football London described Willian’s contract situation with Chelsea as ‘dead in the water.’
The two-time Premier League winner is settled in London, leading to speculation that a cross-town switch to rivals Tottenham or Arsenal could be possible if a Chelsea stay is deemed unworkable.
Giroud meanwhile could also move across the capital.
Tottenham remain interested in Giroud and will offer him a multi-year deal to persuade him to sign for them once his Chelsea contract expires, sources told TEAMtalk in April.
Spurs came close to landing Giroud on transfer deadline day, as he snubbed prospective interest from Italy to try and finalise a move to North London.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s training is scheduled to resume next week and Lampard has been considering how best to prepare his players under the current restrictions.
“We’re starting to plan because I think we’re still waiting on a few things but we know there’s a vote on Monday and there’s some testing that’s going to be done around that and then we’re looking at being back at training early-to-mid next week,” Lampard added.
“I’ve just been talking with the staff planning how phase one will look, because it’s going to look quite different for us because of the restrictions.”