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Newcastle Target Rejects Club’s Extension And Is Destined To Become A Free Agent

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.

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6 comments so far

  • the crown princes nashers

    May 25, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    more like hes looking for another massive pay day and why havent chelsea not tied him down to a new contract for, answer on back of a postage stamp 🙂

  • simon376

    May 25, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Big payday wanted or not, he still has quality. If there is the slightest chance could get him, got to go all out and do it

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    May 25, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Having willian for the next year to 18 months on big wages is fair enough, he will likely be effective then and earn that money.

    the issue is the last 18 months to 2 years of these older players contracts. they will be on high wages and become less useful as they get towards 35/36 and we end up paying them huge wages as we cant move them on. Stuck with players who probably wont be a key player anymore by that point but still on top wages.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 25, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Rafa got the ball rolling in terms of setting Liverpool’s youth and scouting system up

    A bit like what he was trying to do here with scouts and loan managers etc

  • geordietom

    May 25, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Phil K …

    dunno why you would think i would defend the Tory Party , My Dads side of the family SHIPYARD WORKERS . My Mams side Miner’s , Staunch labour supporters . so with your comment have you got me mixed up with someone else …

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 25, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    The princes nashers- it could be that he might want more playing time that he would be able to get at Chelsea. We can offer him both, money and playing time. I really rate the lad and has often been the game changer for Chelsea. I would sign him in a heartbeat.


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