Frank Lampard is facing a selection crisis for the match with Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro, and Billy Gilmour all out injured, while Jorginho and Marcos Alonso are suspended.
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His agent, Kia Joorabchian, told talkSPORT last week: “I don’t think he’s done a U-turn or any kind of turn. He’s always been very much in the same mode. We had big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always wanted to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished he would decide.
“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, an offer from an MLS club, and two other offers from Europe. He is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”
The other offers are rumored to be from Barcelona and Inter, although the Catalan giants are no longer moving for the winger.
Chelsea have recently upped their one-year contract policy for players over 30 to two years, but are unwilling to push that again to three for the Brazil international.
“It is his decision, I haven’t got that answer,” Lampard said of the situation to reporters on Saturday. “I know the situation at the club’s end. I have a great relationship with Willian, but I don’t actually know what the decision is.
“If that happens over the next whatever days, as he said, then that would be good for me in either way. Of course, I am very happy with Willian. He has been brilliant for me this season with his input and work ethic, within the squad.
“It is his choice and I respect his choice. He has been a great servant for Chelsea if he decides to move on, and if he does decide to move on then Chelsea will move on and we have to look forwards ourselves.”
Indeed, the Blues have already moved forward having signed two competitors for Willian’s place in both RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech at a combined cost of £84 million ($105m).
Chelsea have now turned their focus to signing Bayer Leverkusen‘s Kai Havertz, but the Bundesliga club have yet to open talks over a fee.