Willian in talks to sign new longer-term deal at Chelsea as Frank Lampard reveals club have held meetings with Brazilian to keep him away from Arsenal and Tottenham on free transfer
- Chelsea winger Willian is in talks over a new longer-term contract with the club
- Willian and Pedro signed short-term extensions with the Blues on Tuesday
- Pedro has agreed a deal in principle with Roma but that has an element of doubt
- Willian has been linked with a number of clubs including Tottenham and Arsenal
Experienced wingers Willian and Pedro signed short-term extensions on Tuesday to take them to the end of the season. Their deals were previously due to expire next Tuesday.
Pedro has agreed a deal in principle with Roma though needs them to reduce their wage bill to accommodate him, leaving an element of doubt over the proposed move.
Experienced wingers Willian (pictured) and Pedro signed short-term extensions on Tuesday
Frank Lampard says talks are still ongoing ‘with Willian in particular’ over a new deal at Chelsea
Willian’s future is unclear though he has been linked with a number of clubs including Tottenham and Arsenal.
Ahead of Thursday’s visit of Manchester City, Lampard said: ‘Yes we are still talking with the players and Willian in particular we are talking with him. I always felt confident that they would remain.
‘They have been fantastic professionals for the club and servants in all senses and when you have that level of professionalism within you it was a sign that they wanted to stay and see out this season at least.
Pedro has agreed a deal in principle with Roma though needs them to reduce their wage bill
‘So we will carry on talking and see but I think everybody’s focus now is on these next games, the individuals themselves and us as a club.
‘I’m pleased negotiations were relatively easy because both sides wanted the same thing. The two players wanted to make sure they could see the season out with us.
‘At this point we need them in the squad they are both important players for us so I’m happy.’
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