Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has defended the club’s handling for Willian’s contract after reports claimed the winger is ‘upset’ about how his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end.
Willian looks set to leave Chelsea this summer, ending his seven-year stay at the Bridge with his current deal set to expire after Blues’ Champions League campaign. It is reported that Chelsea snubbed Willian’s demands of a new three-year contract while London rivals Arsenal are willing to meet his requirements.
The Brazilian is reported to have been upset as he believes that there was little desire on the club’s side to keep him. However, Lampard backed the club’s stance and admitted he doesn’t think Willian would feel that way about the situation.
“I read a headline that mentioned disappointment, it doesn’t matter,” Lampard said during a press conference.
“In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club we’ve done everything we can to explain to Willian. ‘Our relationship is really close and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. He’s a fantastic man and a fantastic player.”
“I think he will feel like that about Chelsea, I’ll leave him to say his own words. I don’t want anyone to try and find a negative attitude because the club have acted very well in this as well.”