Willian: Leaving Chelsea In Summer But Will Stay In Europe

Chelsea star Willian has revealed he is likely to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer with some of Europe's biggest clubs reportedly interested.

The 31-year-old’s contract expires with the Blues at the end of the season amid interest from two former Chelsea bosses – Maurizio Sarri at Juventus and Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho.

While Willian says he wants stay at Stamford Bridge, a disagreement over the length of contract will likely see the Brazilian winger begin discussions with other clubs and sign a deal elsewhere.

“I've built something fantastic at Chelsea,” Willian told Fox Sports Brazil.

“I'm especially fond of the fans and the people that work there, and I've felt very settled.

“Everyone knows my contract is up in a few months and it looks like it'll be difficult to secure an extension. I think it's unlikely that I'll renew because Chelsea offered me a two-year deal, I asked for three and it ended there.

“There were no more talks or negotiations. Chelsea said that three years would be impossible, so at the moment it seems unlikely that I'll extend, but nothing is impossible.

“We don't know what might happen. We might suddenly reach an agreement, but what I can say today is that my contract is up and I'll be free to negotiate with any club.”

Willian has also been linked with a return to Brazil, but the Sao Paulo-born midfielder insists he wants to remain in Europe.

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However, he revealed if he journeyed back to homeland, his first club Corinthians would be the team he wanted to join.

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Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.