Newcastle were first reported to have an interest in Brazilian attacker Willian way back in 2013 when he played for Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala.
Newcastle defeated Anzhi in the last 16 of the Europa League that season, though Willian missed the second leg with a hamstring injury. He moved for big money to Chelsea that summer.
After 7 years at Stamford Bridge, it appears the 31-year-old’s time with the club could be coming to an end. Willian’s contract expires on June 30th, but he will agree to an extension until this season gets completed.
However, he’s recently turned down Chelsea’s offer of a two-year extension and the Evening Standard has published some comments from the winger.
Speaking to Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo, this is what Willian had to say about Chelsea’s offer:
“It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years.
“The situation is difficult because of this. I really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay]. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season so that Chelsea can continue winning games.
“I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let’s see what happens.”
Willian will turn 32 in August. Chelsea are reluctant to offer him anything beyond two years. So unless Willian softens his stance, it seems he will hit the open market after this season is finally completed.
Newcastle were again linked with the Brazilian last month as one of a slew of aging free agents our prospective new owners are said to be interested in.
Among those, Willian seems to have a lot left in the tank, so he would be a decent transitional signing over the next few seasons with his experience.
However, it will take a lucrative offer of at least three years for that to happen. There may be younger and better options out there.