News of a “breakthrough” between Chelsea and Willian regarding a contract extension were music to some ears and nails scratching on chalk board to others. To Willian’s agent meanwhile they they were annoying enough that he felt the need to hop on sport talk radio this morning and do a bit of agenting.
Kia Joorabchian made sure to remind the listeners that Willian hasn’t made up his mind yet, and that all options are still being considered, including offers from England and Europe. Willian has been seeking a three-year extension, while Chelsea had been willing to go only as high as two. It’s unclear which side relented in the reported breakthrough.
“I don’t think he’s done a U-turn or any kind of turn. He’s always been very much the same mode.
“We had two very big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always been in the same mode, saying, ‘I want to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished I will make my decision’.
“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, he has an MLS offer on the table which is very big, and he’s got two other offers in Europe. So Willian is in a very good position and he is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”
-Kia Joorabchian; source: talkSPORT
So, the path is not yet been clear for Chelsea. But we don’t have to wait for too long to find out what’s on Willian’s mind. The domestic season ends this weekend with the FA Cup final, while the formality of our second leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16 is the Saturday after that.