Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard has reportedly urged the club’s hierarchy to push through a contract agreement with Willian amid the interest from Barcelona.
The Brazil international has been a key figure for the Blues in the past six-and-a-half seasons and in the current campaign, he has been almost ever-present since September while contributing three goals and three assists for the club.
Hence, he is greatly valued by Lampard for his experience and contribution on the playing field and the Blues legend has previously stated that he would definitely want Willian to extend his deal beyond June 2020.
According to Goal.com’s Nizaar Kinsella, talks are understood to be underway between Chelsea and Willian over a new contract and Lampard remains particularly focused on the club sealing the deal.
Willian is presently on a £120,000-a-week contract with the Blues and the 31-year-old is understood to be eyeing at least a two-year deal with a slight increment on his salary.
The Blues have been generally reluctant to hand more than 12-month contracts for players above the age of 30 and it remains to be seen whether they will break that policy to commit Willian to an extension beyond the summer.
David Luiz and Olivier Giroud are some of the recent examples of players, who have been handed with more than one year deals despite crossing the age of 30.
The former, however, made the shock move to Arsenal during the summer transfer window – just a couple of months after penning a two-year contract with the Blues.