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Willian rejects ‘lucrative’ contract from Inter Miami — report

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Chelsea winger Willian does not yet have a contract for next season, but apparently he’s not quite ready to retire to America yet just to get one.

According to the Telegraph, he rejected a “lucrative” three-year offer from Inter Miami, which would’ve paid him “more than” £100k a week through 2023. Generous terms, to be sure.

The new MLS franchise co-owned by David Beckham began play this year, but only got two games in (both losses) before the 2020 MLS was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league recently resumed play — just last week, in fact, with a shortened tournament set to conclude in October — but Miami are still looking for their first ever official win.

Willian, who’s currently on a temporary contract with Chelsea through the end of the season, has made it clear that he wants to stay in Europe, preferably England, and preferably on a three-year deal. Chelsea remain seemingly unwilling to offer such terms, so as things stand, Willian will be leaving in August. He’s been one of our best players since the Restart however, which could yet see the two sides reach an agreement for an extension.