LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Willian of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by renowned Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella on Goal.com, the Blues are said to have opened contract talks with their Brazilian international winger Willian, despite the obvious Barcelona interest. The Brazilian is seen as one of the Blues’ most important players, and Frank Lampard was quick to give him the armband in the absence of skipper Cesar Azpilicueta the last time out.

Why Willian Is The Perfect Role Model For Chelsea’s Young Generation

The 31-year-old has been around the Premier League game for a long time now and does come off as a very likeable character. He is composed out on the pitch and doesn’t rush into any hasty decisions, especially in the final third. Despite his age, the winger is arguably the Blues’ most naturally talented player, making him hot property for the club at the moment.

He’s always been a big part of Chelsea Football Club, and that’s shown in the consistency that he’s displayed over the years. Even when the club were going through bad phases under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte, the Brazilian’s performances were a lone shining light. He’s definitely taken on the responsibility of being the role model this time though, because of the drastic increase in his off the ball work-rate.

What Attributes Should The Young Blues Wingers Look Out For In Willian?

The Brazilian has been gifted with a monstrous change of pace that would leave most defenders struggling to cope. He carries the ball with supreme confidence and never looks aimless while doing it either. The 31-year-old times his runs to perfection in the final third and has the vision and ability to pick out some pinpoint passes as well.

How he drops his shoulder and dribbles players with ease is almost resemblant to Lionel Messi. He is an excellent finisher from outside the box as well, as can be seen from the umpteen number of worldies he’s scored in Chelsea and Brazil shirts. This season, his work-rate has taken a drastic change for the better as well. Whether it’s him stepping up to being given the number ten shirt or a conscious effort to be an excellent example to the youngsters, it’s doing wonders for both him and the club.

Why Chelsea needs to keep Willian At Stamford Bridge

Despite being the wrong side of 30, the Brazilian has a general youthfulness about him, and in the way he uses the football. He’s been a Stamford Bridge fan-favourite for a long time now, and the Chelsea faithful certainly won’t be happy seeing him go. His contributions to the club outweigh the reasons to sell him, making this new contract an absolute necessity.

Also, Chelsea currently only have four natural wingers available for selection, and with the fixtures now ready to come thick and fast, keeping him has to be a priority. Pedro’s stock has plummeted since Frank Lampard’s arrival, and he remains on the fringes of the squad, while Callum Hudson-Odoi still has a lot of maturing to do. Alongside Christian Pulisic, the Brazilian has been one of the Blues’ standout players so far this campaign, and keeping him is sure to be at the top of Lampard’s to-do list.

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