The Brazilian is attracting attention from across Europe’s major leagues with AC Milan and Real Madrid both expressing an interest in signing the midfielder.
Willian is understood to be concerned that the Blues are not going to qualify for next season’s Champions League and in the peak of his career, wants to be performing at the highest level every week.
Despite being a pivotal member of Chelsea’s title-winning side last season, Willian is prepared to turn his back on Stamford Bridge and Manchester United, encouraged by this information, are prepared to act.
The Brazilian is playing the long game, pushing the decision onto the club. “My goal is to stay here at Chelsea. Unless Chelsea does not want me anymore – then I’d have to find another club,” he said when asked by Brazilian sports channel Planeta SporTV.
Willian is immensely popular with the Stamford Bridge crowd, popping up with vital goals throughout the course of the season. Despite the defeat, Willian popped up with Chelsea’s goal in the 1 – 1 draw with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, as well as striking the woodwork twice.
He is happy in west London, “I want to stay here for many more years, if it is possible, to renew my contract. On that, we have not talked yet. It might happen. I’m adapted here.”
Attention from his former manager might be hard to resist, however, particularly with the lure of Champions League football.