Pedro also looking to extend his stay beyond this season at Stamford Bridge

For what has seemed to be in the making for a while now, it appears that Willian is on the verge of extending his contract at Chelsea for another year after coming to an agreement with the club.

Willian – who has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and a number of clubs from China – is ready to commit his future to the Blues until 2021, despite the club needing serious convincing from the Brazilian International to extend his stay in London.

With it appearing that the Blues are going to accept the two-window, transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA, Chelsea are willing to ditch their club policy (temporarily) of granting players aged over 30 only one-year extensions. This was shown when they gave a two-year deal to David Luiz, who could have left for free this summer, in May.

Since joining the club back in 2013 from the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £30m, Willian has always wanted to stay in the English capital judging by comments he mentioned back in March of this year:

“I have one year left, but of course I want to play for this club. This club is very special to me. I won titles here, I have the affection from the fans and from the people that work in the club. I feel comfortable to stay.  I am happy when I play well and score goals. I can give a different light.”

The forward, who is currently recovering from an injury he picked up whilst representing Brazil in the CONMEBOL Copa América, has also claimed in the last few days that Chelsea will be giving him the much-desired number ten shirt, which was made vacant when Eden Hazard left to join Real Madrid earlier this summer for a club-record £130m transfer.

Willian on international duty for Brazil as they faced Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the CONMEBOL Copa América Semi-Final (Photo – Sky Sports)

However, Head Coach Frank Lampard refused to confirm the switch this week. Following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Barcelona this past Tuesday, Lampard played down the words from the forward that was said in an interview to Brazilian media outlet Desimpedidos.

“There’s no confirmation of that decision, but it will be taken in due course. I didn’t see the interview but I did hear about it.

It is believed Callum Hudson-Odoi’s advisers have also asked for the winger to have the No10 shirt as part of contract negotiations, along with Christian Pulisic continuing to be linked with the shirt due to business attraction he would create for the North American market.

In other supposed news, fellow veteran winger Pedro is hoping to follow in the footsteps of both Luiz and Willian by agreeing to a new contract with the club.

Pedro challenging Barcelona’s newest signing Antoine Griezmann in Saitama, Japan earlier this week (Photo – Independent)

The Spanish international also has just one year left, with his contract expiring at the end of this coming season. And after facing his former club Barcelona in Japan this week, Pedro wants to match Willian’s stated intention of staying in SW6.

“I’ve got one year left on my contract at Chelsea and I hope I can stay there as long as possible.”

Terry Sazio

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