Arsenal transfer target Willian speaks out on 'difficult' Chelsea situation

Chelsea star Willian insists the club’s refusal to offer him a three-year contract extension has left him in a ‘difficult’ situation ahead of next month’s potential Premier League resumption.

The experienced Brazil international has just over a month remaining on his current deal but has intimated he will sign a short-term deal that would see him through until the end of the current season, before becoming a free agent.

Arsenal, who have ties with Willian’s representative Kia Joorabchian through head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, have emerged as a the front-runners to sign the 31-year-old who is keen to remain in London.

Tottenham, whose manager Jose Mourinho still holds Willian in high esteem, are also monitoring the former Shakhtar Donetsk winger’s situation, but for now the player is focusing on attempting to help ensure Chelsea cement their top four position in the league, before contemplating his long-term future.

‘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 winger told Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo.

‘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.’

Chelsea, meanwhile, tied two of their most experienced players, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero, to new one-year deals earlier this week.

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