Chelsea have re-opened negotiations to keep Willian after he turned down an offer from an unnamed Chinese club, but remain reluctant to offer more than a two-year contract, Goal reports.
The 31-year-old star has already publicly voiced his desire for a three-year contract at Chelsea and if he leaves Stamford Bridge he’ll opt to stay in England, preferably with a big London side.
Frank Lampard’s side are aware of interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and the Blues boss wants to keep his winger away from domestic rivals, amid a spell of good form.
Chelsea previously only offered one-year contracts to over-30 players but they have since re-evaluated the strategy that ran between 2011 and 2018.
After signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal two years ago, they broke their one-year deal policy and proceeded to offer David Luiz a two-year deal before selling the player to Arsenal for £8 million last summer.
Indeed, Willian’s showings on the pitch have given Chelsea little reason to withdraw from discussions as he chases his best goal-scoring season of 13 after scoring his ninth and 10th goals of the term in the defeat to West Ham.
His good run of form comes after the Blues agreed to a deal to extend his stay at the club until the end of the campaign, along with Pedro, just hours before the deadline from the English top-flight.
However, the Spaniard will leave upon the completion of the term with Roma having agreed on a pre-contract for the ex-Barcelona winger.