Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he wants Willian to sign a new contract, after the Brazilian marshalled Chelsea in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The winger, Willian, was appointed captain after Cesar Azpilicueta was dropped to the substitutes bench and Jorginho suspended for last weekend’s clash.
The Brazilian provided an assist in the game as Chelsea registered their six consecutive win in the English Premier League.
Willian, who made his 300th appearance for the club in October, has now contributed three assists and two goals in Chelsea’s last six Premier League appearances.
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With Willian’s contract running out at the end of the season, Lampard insisted that he wants the 31-year-old to sign a new deal, “The word isn’t ‘no brainer’ because I can’t get involved in the money. That’s up to the club to do.
“But everyone sees how much I’m relying on him, and picking him and in what he is producing, I love him at this football club. So there’s my answer.
“I know his qualities from playing with him but when I looked at Willy over the last couple of years, he was in and out of the team.”
In Pulisic (21) and Hudson-Odoi (19), the future of Chelsea’s flanks is secure, but with Pedro also in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, it might not be wise for the Blues to let both of their more experienced wingers leave next summer.
Of the two, Willian is the more obvious choice to retain for the Blues. Pedro is a year older, so he’ll be 33 next summer, and he hasn’t been used as much by boss Lampard in this season.
The Brazilian has played 1,088 minutes of football in this season, while the Spaniard, Pedro, has been on the pitch for 529 minutes, less than half that time.