Some things are best left not said. While the classic footballer line of ‘we’ll see what happens’ can often be a source of anguish and loud groans itself, the most recent comments from Willian trump them all.
The Brazilian is out of contract with Chelsea in the summer and, as of yet, no agreement has been reached to extend his stay in west London.
Willian is eager for a new three-year deal, but Chelsea‘s policy of not offering more than one-year contracts to players over than 30 has caused an issue. The club have actually opted to break their own rule on the matter, though, with a two-year deal currently on the table.
Due to the situation, a whole host of clubs have been linked with the soon-to-be free agent, including two from north London. Arsenal and their widely-reported limited transfer budget has seen them interested, with 90min revealing that Willian is one of three free agents the club is keeping tabs on.
Then there is Spurs, who 90min have also revealed to be keen on the forward – alongside his Blues teammate Olivier Giroud. It is the latest comments from Willian that have swung the pendulum in Spurs’ favour though, by admitting that he ‘misses Mourinho’ in a recent Instagram Live interview. It’s not the first time he’s said this, having done so also back in February.
The pair worked together at Stamford Bridge between 2013-2015, with Mourinho being the man to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala for £30m. Now in charge of rivals Tottenham, that opens a rather large door for the club to swoop in.
It would be a move to anger Chelsea fans, who see Spurs as their biggest rivals in London despite their geographical differences. Good thing for Spurs, though, that Willian also confessed he’d have ‘no problem’ joining a rival of the club then, right?
There was still some hope of Willian and Chelsea finding some common ground in their contract situation, but with each passing day it looks like an increasingly bleak proposition. Not to mention, the player himself admitted a contract renewal is ‘unlikely’.
Liverpool have also been linked with a shock move, but no matter how incredibly far-fetched an idea that is, Willian once again reaffirmed his desire to remain in London during the interview.