‘My Head Is Here In The Club’: Willian Wants Chelsea Stay


Willian has pledged his commitment to Chelsea as the futures of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard remain in doubt.

Brazil playmaker Willian has been linked with summer moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, who, he says, made an official offer to sign him.

The 29-year-old says his five-year spell at Stamford Bridge is set to continue.

‘I’m a Chelsea player,’ Willian told ESPN Brasil. I always made it clear that what I wanted was to stay in the club.

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‘The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona.

‘But I have my head here and I intend to continue in the club unless the club wants to sell me. But my head is here in the club.’

The futures of Courtois and Hazard are more uncertain.

Courtois has a year remaining on his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid. Chelsea risk losing him for a reduced fee in January or for free next summer.

Hazard, whose deal expires in 2020, has stalled over a new contract offer and has long been the subject of speculation over a move to Real.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri on Sunday, following the Community Shield loss to Manchester City at Wembley, said he would sanction Courtois’ departure if the goalkeeper expresses a desire to leave.

And Courtois reportedly stated his wish to the Italian on Monday.

The transfer window for incoming players to Premier League clubs closes this Thursday, so time is against Chelsea if they are to recruit any would-be replacements.