Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan believes it is still possible that Willian could change his mind and sign a contract extension with Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s latest comments about the winger.
Willian has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham over the last couple of months and the rumours show no sign of dissipating anytime soon.
Last week, the Brazilian denied that there was any truth to claims that he had already agreed to join Spurs (Gustavo Hofman’s Youtube channel).
Regardless of whether or not Willian is Tottenham bound, reports suggest that talks over a new deal between Chelsea and the winger are dead in the water (Football.London).
However, Frank Lampard told Chelsea’s official website earlier this week that he was looking at Willian’s contract situation ‘very carefully’ although it was not clear if he was talking about a temporary extension until the end of the season or a long-term deal.
Whelan believes that Willian could still stay at Stamford Bridge but backed the wide man to move to another London club if he doesn’t agree on a deal with Chelsea.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds man said: “Look, a renewal is never ever out of the question.
“You can see U-turns, even at this late stage in a player’s contract when he can go on a free. There is still lots of talking to be done between Frank and Willian.
“At the end of the day, Willian would be a fantastic signing for anybody.
“He has got loads left in the tank. A standout again for Chelsea this season. Fantastic performances this season and he does not seem to have lost any of the pace or skill that he came to Chelsea with.
“On a free contract, he is an absolute snip! I would love him at Leeds but he is settled in London so that is where he will want to be.”
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Despite the denial from Willian’s camp, I expect Mourinho to have already had a conversation with the winger about moving to North London. If he doesn’t come to an agreement with Chelsea over a new deal, I will be extremely surprised if Jose doesn’t want to bring him to Spurs.
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