Chelsea defender David Luiz is yet to agree a new deal with his contract running out at the end of the season.
Chelsea’s policy of offering players over the age of 30 just one-year deals means the club is only willing to offer the 31-year-old defender a one-year deal but Luiz wants a longer contract.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Luiz is free to discuss a summer move with foreign clubs and sign an agreement.
Luiz is rejecting Chelsea’s offer of a one-year deal because he believes he can secure a longer-term contract with greater security elsewhere.
Chelsea’s policy of offering just one-year deals to players over 30 has also affected contract negotiations with Cesc Fabregas whose contract also runs out this summer.
Luiz provided a superb assist for N’Golo Kante’s goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday and Willian believes such qualities from the Brazilian defender means he has to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.
Willian has now urged Chelsea to agree a new deal with Luiz.
“For sure, of course,” Willian said when asked if he wanted David Luiz to stay at Chelsea beyond this season.
“I want. We have to see if they club will want him. I think they want. For me, I want him to stay. David has a lot of quality to do these kind of passes. This wasn’t the first time he has done it. He tried a lot a couple of games ago. This time he had success and we scored a goal.”
Willian’s contract has only eighteen months to run but the Brazilian insists he isn’t in a rush to sign a new contract.
“I’m fine,” Willian said. “No rush about that. We can talk about that in the future, no problem.”
Meanwhile Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed last month that he wants Fabregas and Luiz to remain at Chelsea because they are important players.
“The deal is very difficult for this reason, I think,” Sarri said. “Because the club wants a short contract, and the players want a long contract. So it’s difficult for this reason.
“But I think, at the end, we can find a solution. I know very well that it is not easy but I think that we can do a new deal for both. They are very important players for us.
“It’s very difficult to find a centre back for this level, and it’s very difficult to find a central midfielder technically like Fabregas. And so I think they have to stay with us.”