Paul Merson explains why Chelsea are making a mistake with Willian

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Chelsea star Willian is in the final year of his contract with Chelsea, and the Brazilian could well be on his way out of the club, come the end of this season.

While Willian wants a two-year deal, Chelsea are only willing to give him two years.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that the Brazilian is a quality player who Chelsea shouldn’t let go of.

He told Sky Sports: “Willian is world class, and Chelsea haven’t got a lot of world-class players. Willian has been outstanding, he could play for Manchester City tomorrow. There will be teams queuing around the block to sign him.

“He’s a special player and for me, Chelsea have dropped one by letting it get to this situation.”

Merson also believes Willian might be asking for too much by holding out for a three-year deal and believes he is also lucky to not receive sticks that are associated with players who wind their contracts down.

He added: “He’s let his contract run down and no one has said a dicky-bird about it. We’ve seen so many players get plenty of stick over running down their contract and leaving on a free. Normally everybody goes mad but with Willian, because he’s played so well, it’s gone under the radar.

“He’s got no stick off the fans whatsoever and you’ve only got to look at the Christian Eriksen situation at Tottenham to know he’s been a bit fortunate with that.

“He wants a three-year deal, but I think he hasn’t got much chance of that now. I don’t see clubs giving out contracts like that anymore. One minute we are sitting here, and everything is rosy, the next minute it is all up in the air.”

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