Chelsea’s Lampard says no disappointment even if Willian leaves club
LONDON (UK) – Frank Lampard of Chelsea said that he was not sure if Brazilian winger Willian will remain with the club. He said he expects no bitterness from both parties even if he quits.
There were local media reports that Willian is slated to join Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal on a three-year agreement as his current club have only offered a two-year extension, which has left him disappointed.
The 31-year-old’s contract will expire at the end of the Chelsea’s Champions League campaign. They will take on Bayern Munich in the last-16 second-leg on Saturday. However, Willian won’t be playing because of an ankle injury.
“I haven’t got an answer” about whether Willian will leave, “because Willian remains our player at the moment. It actually doesn’t matter about disappointment from any party in this situation,” Lampard told the media.
“Certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian, and mine and his relationship is close. I’d have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on.
“I’ve played with him, coached him, he’s a fantastic man and a fantastic player. He’ll feel like that about Chelsea… But I don’t want anyone to try and find a negative attitude, because the club have acted very well in this as well.”
Willian has scored 63 goals for Chelsea since his arrival from Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia in 2013.
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