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Chelsea reopen contract talks with in-form Willian — report

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Negotiations ongoing

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Technically, Willian Gorgeous Borges’ contract with Chelsea expired four days ago. As we speak, only a temporary five-week extension is keeping him at the club. Once the pandemic-delayed season ends, it’s vaya con dios (vai com Deus?) for the veteran winger after seven years and change at Stamford Bridge.

Unless he were to agree an extension.

That possibility seemed dead and buried just a few weeks ago, but given his current form — just the 5 goals (+2 assists) in his last 6 appearances — it’s not at all surprising that Chelsea have reportedly reopened talks with the most often used purely attacking player in the squad this season. (Willian, the fifth-most used non-goalkeeper, has 200 more minutes than Tammy Abraham and only 250 minutes fewer than the coach’s proverbial son, Mason Mount.)

That said, the particulars of the negotiation haven’t really changed. According to Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea are still only looking to offer two years (already twice as long as club policy would dictate) while Willian made it patently clear before that he wants three.

Someone’s going to have to budge if we are to extend our time together in these socially distanced times.