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Ziyech signing will not affect Willian, Pedro contract talks at Chelsea

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Room for all? Room for none?

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Chelsea have secured the signature of the most excellent Hakim Ziyech, who will thus be joining the club in the summer to add plenty of creativity, excitement, flair, and even a bit of much needed attitude into our front line.

A theoretical attacking trio of Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi operating behind a lone forward should certainly get fans out of their seats with goals, speed, and lots and lots of sauce.

But what about the other two wingers currently on Chelsea’s books? Both Willian and Pedro are into the final few months of their contracts and Chelsea’s club policy is to only offer one-year extensions to players over 30. That may suit Pedro, but possibly not Willian — not that it matters, because talks haven’t really made any apparent progress with either this season.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard maintains that Ziyech’s impending arrival hasn’t changed things however.

“No it doesn’t [mean that Pedro and Willian are out]. Conversations are ongoing with those players. They have both brought successful players with the club.”

-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London

That said, it would certainly be surprising if Pedro stayed — Lampard has called him a contingency plan in case of injuries elsewhere, but surely that won’t be needed next season. Meanwhile, according to the Independent, talks are still ongoing for Willian — but he apparently still wants a multi-season extension.

With Ziyech incoming, we definitely don’t need both Pedro and Willian next season. Do we need either? That may be the more pertinent question, even. Chelsea have been linked with our former Academy star Jérémie Boga as well as the highly coveted Jadon Sancho for the summer, as we continue our transition to a new era in the SW6.