Despite reported interest from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, Chelsea playmaker Willian has revealed he remains committed to the Blues.
The 28-year-old hasn’t been a first-team regular under Antonio Conte this season, but he has still made 38 appearances in all competitions, making important contributions with 11 goals and three assists.
Having helped Chelsea to the Premier League title this season, it doesn’t sound as though the Brazilian international is any hurry to leave Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that he could be welcomed at Old Trafford by Mourinho who remains keen on him.
“My future is here with Chelsea,” Willian is quoted as saying by The Daily Star. “I have a contract until 2020 and I’m happy.”
He added that while every player wants to always play every minute, he understands why he’s not in the team currently through the form of Eden Hazard and Pedro after Conte’s decision to switch to a 3-4-3 system.
In turn, he sounds more than content to remain patient and bide his time for opportunities at Chelsea, and he will certainly be needed in terms of offering depth and quality with the Blues back in the Champions League and preparing to compete on various fronts next season.
Nevertheless, it will be a blow for Mourinho as the Portuguese tactician will be looking to significantly bolster his United squad this summer as they have fallen short of expectations in the Premier League again this season.
While they have already won the EFL Cup, the Red Devils will be desperate to add the Europa League trophy to their collection too when they face Ajax in the final in Stockholm on May 24, with a place in the Champions League of course up for grabs.