Top European club contact Chelsea over key Lampard player

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Juventus have made contact with Chelsea over a move for Willian in the January transfer window, according to Daily Mirror.

The 31 year old Brazilian has been one of Frank Lampard’s key players this season but he is yet to be offered a new deal by Chelsea with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on having Willian join him in Italy as he believes the 31 year old can boost Juve’s attack as they battle with Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A table.

Juventus are currently two points behind leaders Inter, who are managed by another former Chelsea boss in Antonio Conte.

Willian is reportedly not keen on joining Juventus after telling friends he would rather stay with Lampard than work under Sarri for a second time.

Lampard pleaded with the club’s hierarchy in November to offer the Brazilian a new deal.

Lampard said: “I can’t get involved in the money, that’s up to the club.

“But I think everyone sees from what I’m saying, and I’m relying on him and picking him and he’s producing.

“I love him at this football club. I know Willian’s qualities from playing with him, but when I looked at him over the last few years he was in and out of the team.

“From the outside I want to see him happy. I know him and he’s a happy, really easy-going lad who loves his football.

“That was the first thing, when I looked at him at the start of the season, I saw him being huge for me and the way we want to play.

“Naturally, on the ball we all know his ability to go by one-v-one and shift people and then cross or get shots away is big.

“But the off-the-ball work he’s done is an outstanding example for other young players and wingers who think the only part of the game is going past people and crossing or shooting.

“He does the other side brilliantly, with absolute humility, so he’s been a joy and one of the experienced players that’s really helping the young boys.

“The selfless side of the game is always a starting point for me. As we work, it’s how good we can be off the ball and think about on the ball afterwards.

“When you’ve got someone showing the example high up the pitch, that just reflects everywhere.”

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