Frank Lampard responds to claims Willian feels disappointed over Chelsea contract saga

Lampard would wish Willian well if he moves on
Lampard would wish Willian well if he moves on (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Lampard has defended Chelsea’s handling of Willian’s contract situation amid claims the winger is ‘upset’ about how his time at the club is coming to an end.

After seven years at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian looks set to move on with his current deal due to expire after the Blues’ Champions League campaign.

The west London club are believed to have snubbed Willian’s demands of a new three-year contract, while Arsenal are willing to meet his requirements.

Reports claim that the player is ‘upset and offended’ as he believes that there was little desire on Chelsea’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,’ the English boss said.

Lampard backed the club over the Willian situation
Lampard backed the club over the Willian situation (Picture: Getty Images)

‘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.’

Injury has seen Willian left out of Chelsea’s squad to play Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday, where will they have to overturn a 3-0 deficit.

Lampard insisted that the Brazilian international would’ve featured in the game if he could and although not offering an update on his future, maintained that he would have his well wishes were he to move on.

‘Willian remains our player at the moment, he is injured,’ Lampard added. ‘He’d have given everything to play. He’s carried this injury.

‘I don’t know the answer if he moves on I personally would wish him well, that’s kind of where we’re at now.’

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