Lampard: Talks ongoing to keep Willian at Chelsea

Sat 29 February 2020 | 11:13

Although Willian's future at Chelsea is shrouded in doubt, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the talks concerning his contract are still ongoing.

Frank Lampard remains hopeful Chelsea can keep Willian at Stamford Bridge, but the winger has expressed his frustration over the terms offered through an interview in a TV channel in his  homeland.

Willian told Esporte Interativo, a TV channel in his homeland, that he wanted a three-year deal, but Chelsea are looking to extend his stay only by two years.

Willian's contract will expire in July and the apparent impasse has raised doubts over his future.

However, Lampard believes a deal could still be finalized to retain the 31-year-old winger.

"It's an ongoing conversation," said the Blues boss.

"Maybe [Willian talking to the media] was not ideal timing but I get asked every three days here, players get asked after games and it's not always easy for them. People want some form of answer.

"Conversations are ongoing but at the minute I don't want to get too drawn into it because I am the manager of the team and don't want to look too far down towards the summer.

"It's why some of the headlines this week had a slight sense of frustration for me because we are working day-to-day to finish the job this season and we are not jumping ahead to the summer.

"But Willy's one is an ongoing situation. It's not over. We'll see."

Wiliian moved to Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi in 2013. He has scored four times in 26 Premier League appearances this season, with Chelsea fourth in the table ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.

source: SportMob