Lampard To Make Final Decision On Willian

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Barcelona have been circling Chelsea star Willian since last year, but the Blues have rebuffed every move from the Spanish side.

Chelsea have a policy of only handing out one-year contract extensions to players over 30, and 30-year-old Willian is yet to be given a new deal.

Due to the transfer ban, Chelsea have put aside the over 30 policy and David Luiz was offered a two-year deal and Pedro as well, despite being over 30.

With Hazard gone without a replacement, reports now claim that the 30-year-old has been offered a 2-year deal.

Willian’s current deal expires in 12 months and according to reports, Lampard has the final say but he wants to see the Brazilian in action before taking a decision on the need for the new deal and its terms.

Football consultant Ian McGarry has revealed that Lampard is keen on January signing Christian Pulisic, but he also has a plan for the more experienced Pedro and Willian.

“As far as I’m told and speaking to people at Chelsea, people close to Frank Lampard, he sees a lot of potential in Pulisic,” McGarry said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“But having lost Hazard, he was very keen to reassure Pedro and Willian that they had his confidence and that he would be relying on them initially, certainly, to begin the season as the wide players in the attacking three and that Pulisic will probably alternate with Mason Mount in the number 10 position, with Mason Mount upfront.

“So it will be very interesting to see how that pans out.

“I think with Hazard obviously in the last few seasons, Pedro and Willian have basically been rotated despite the fact that they’ve got very, very good statistics with regards to goals and assists as well.

“I think it’s gonna be a little bit of the young and the old from Frank Lampard when the season starts, because of the injuries that we’ve already talked about.”

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