With the resumption of the Premier League not thought to be too far away now, Blues have been boosted by the news that one of their senior players is willing to sign a short-term deal extension.
Chelsea would still love to keep Willian Borges long-term, but their two-year offer to the footballer doesn’t match his own three-year ambitions.
In the meantime, and with his current deal due to expire on June 30, the Brazilian winger is willing to put pen to paper so that he stays at the London giants until the last ball of the 2019/20 campaign has been kicked.
It looks unlikely that Frank Lampard will be able to convince the footballer his future stays in Chelsea the intervening period too.
At 31 years of age, the deal that Willian evidently requires will take him to 34, and as it appears that Lampard prefers a core of youth in his squad, this would be at odds with the vision that the manager potentially has in mind.
Any movement to agree the deal would need to come from Brazil international’s end. Given the covid19 pandemic, it’s entirely potential that he won’t now get what he desires elsewhere, so he may have to end up accepting two years from the London club in any event.