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Lampard axes Chelsea star after response to failed January transfer move

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reportedly decided to axe winger Willian for the 2-2 draw against Leicester City at the weekend due to his sulking over a transfer to Barcelona.

The Brazil international has been a key performer for the Blues, but his future remains in some doubt at the moment as he nears the end of his contract.

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Marca have recently claimed Willian is close to agreeing a deal to leave Chelsea on a free transfer to Barcelona, with Lampard blocking his exit in January.

It has, however, also been claimed by ESPN that Willian’s preference is to remain with Chelsea and sign a new deal.

To further complicate this whole saga, the latest update from the Sun states that the 31-year-old’s head dropped after being denied a move to the Nou Camp, leading to Lampard bringing in Pedro for the Leicester game instead.

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Willian has reportedly been distracted by transfer interest from Barcelona

Chelsea fans won’t be too pleased with this drama, with the club in desperate need of some stability after a difficult season.

Willian is the kind of experienced head this squad needs, but he won’t be much good to CFC if he’s distracted about a potential transfer away.

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