Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is making no secret of his desire to keep his best players for the long-term during his tenure, and it appears he and the club are now making moves to ensure Willian doesn’t leave at end of his contract next summer.
 
In quotes via the Metro in the post-game questioning by press [after a 4-3 win in pre-season], Frank Lampard revealed Willian is very much part of his first team and hopes he’ll be around for a while yet;
 
I know the club are talking to him [Willian]”.
 
From a football sense, I’ve made my ideas very clear. I’m working very closely with Marina [Granovskaia] and the board because these are two players [also Callum Hudson-Odoi] that we want to stay for sure.”
 
Chelsea reportedly rebuffed an offer from Barcelona at the start of the summer that would see Willian head to Spain – not the only time over the last year that the 30-year-old has been linked to the Catalan giants.
 
Lampard knows that keeping Willian and the likes of Hudson-Odoi for the coming seasons ahead will just broaden the appeal for new players signing once the transfer ban lifts in 2020.
 
Willian is a bit of an icon at the club, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and League Cup, as well as the Europa League at the end of last season. He added to his silverware this summer, winning the Copa America with Brazil.

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