Willian confirms Chelsea exit after contract negotiations collapse

Willian is set to leave on a free transfer (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea star Willian is set to leave the club this summer after negotiations over a new deal ended without agreement.

The Brazilian is out of contract in June and Frank Lampard had been keen on keeping the winger.

However, Chelsea have a policy of only offering short-term contracts to players over the age of 30 and were only willing to offer the 31-year-old Willian a two-year extension.

The Brazilian was instead seeking a new three-year deal and there had been hope that the two parties would come to a compromise.

Willian has attracted attention from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

However, Willian has now confirmed that talks have collapsed and that he will leave the club for free this summer.

‘With Chelsea, it’s over,’ Willian told Expediente Futebol.

‘Everyone knows my contract ends in a few months. A renewal is difficult.’

‘Chelsea proposed two extra years and I wanted three. We’re not talking anymore. There won’t be a negotiation.’

Willian joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 after agreeing to join rivals Tottenham in a £30m deal.

Arsenal are said to be interested in the Brazilian, who is free to join the Gunners on free.

Mikel Arteta is searching for low-cost additions this summer as the Gunners look set to miss out on Champions League football.

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