Willian’s former manager tells him to leave Chelsea amid Barcelona, Arsenal and Tottenham transfer links

Willian has been urged to leave Chelsea by one of his former managers
Willian has been urged to leave Chelsea by one of his former managers (Picture: Getty)

Willian has been urged to leave Chelsea by one of his former managers, amid speculation linking him with Barcelona, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Brazilian playmaker Willian has made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea since signing from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, helping the Blues win two Premier League titles and the Europa League.

The 31-year-old played 37 games before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to coronavirus but, despite his influence at Stamford Bridge, could be on his way out.

Willian will be out of contract come the summer and is yet to agree terms with Chelsea over a contract extension, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham and Spanish giants Barcelona all interested in securing his signature.

Brazil international Willian spent six seasons at Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in his career and his manager while in Ukraine, Mircea Lucescu, believes it may be time for him to leave west London.

The Romanian boss told TuttoJuve: ‘He has been at Chelsea for many years and perhaps it is time for a change.

‘The London club fell in love with his performances when they faced us in the Champions League.’

Asked whether he would recommend Juventus to Willian, Lucescu added: ‘Absolutely, yes.

‘I would be very happy if Willian had to choose Juventus. It would be exceptional to see him wearing that shirt.’

Last week, Willian confirmed he would stay at Chelsea until the entire season is concluded, even if it goes on beyond the end of his contract on June 30.

‘I want to give everything for Chelsea until the end like I always did, until the end of my contract, until the end of the league,’ Willian told AP.

‘I have to discuss with the club to see what we are going to do. But for me, from my side, I have no problem to play until the end of the season.’

Willian had helped Chelsea climb to fourth in the Premier League when the campaign had to be suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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