Brazilian on the verge of joining compatriot David Luiz in extending stay at Stamford Bridge in break of club policy
The Chelsea Echo understands that Willian is likely to extend his stay at Chelsea and sign a new two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021.
With it appearing that the Blues are going to accept the two-window, transfer ban imposed on them FIFA, Chelsea continues to prepare for no new arrivals by extending the stays of their existing players.
Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero have already signed one-year extensions and Callum Hudson-Odoi is on the verge of signing a brand new five-year deal, as he continues to recover from an achilles injury.
And while Willian turns 31 this week, the forward is set to put pen-to-paper on a two-year extension, which will be the second time the Blues have gone against their own club policy on only offering one extra year to players over 30 when they handed David Luiz a new two-year deal last month.
The Brazilian – who has been at the club since 2013 after joining from the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £30m – has attracted the interest of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain this season, but has always insisted on wanting to stay in London.
Willian had actually been holding out for a three-year contract but it is now expected to extend his stay for two more years instead.
Willian scored eight goals and created fourteen assists in 56 games for Chelsea last season, helping the club to finish third in the Premier League (which secured Champions League football next season), along with reaching the Carabao Cup Final (losing to Manchester City on penalties) and winning the UEFA Europa League, where they beat London rivals Arsenal 4-1 in the Final.
Chelsea is currently banned from registering players for the next two windows unless they can get in a fresh appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), that could freeze or lift the ban entirely.
The club was sanctioned by FIFA after breaking the rules on the signing of young players, with the world football’s governing body later rejecting an appeal against the punishment.