Why Roman Abramovich is reluctant to offer Willian a three year contract

Despite his importance to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team, Willian will become a free agent at the end of the season if an agreement over a contract extension between Chelsea and the Brazilian isn’t reached.

Willian wants a three year contract but the Blues are only willing to offer the Brazilian a two-year deal.

Explaining why Chelsea are reluctant to offer Willian a three year deal, Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel wrote: “There is a logic to Chelsea’s stance. Christian Pulisic is starting to produce the kind of displays that appear to make him the rightful heir to Eden Hazard’s vacated throne.

“Callum Hudson-Odoi has had a difficult season, on and off the pitch, but at 19 the England international is Chelsea’s future.

“Hakim Ziyech will arrive from Ajax next season, while Chelsea are hot in pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.

“If all goes according to plan, Lampard will be well stocked for attacking midfielders next term.”

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