Willian ‘upset and offended’ that Chelsea did not push harder to keep him as Arsenal near signing of winger on free transfer

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Willian set to sign new Chelsea contract with Blues star shunning Arsenal and Manchester United interest

Chelsea star Willian has reportedly been left feeling ‘upset and offended’ as his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge nears its end.

The 31-year-old has allegedly agreed a three-year contract to join Arsenal after talks over a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge fell through.

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Willian is on the verge of leaving Chelsea after failing to agree a new contract with the club

The Brazilian made it clear he wanted a three-year extension, but Blues director Marina Granovskaia was reluctant to give into his demands before the coronavirus crisis brought a halt to the season.

According to ESPN, Willian feels the club could have tried harder to keep him and he’s ‘upset and even offended’ after he was offered a ‘take it or leave it’ two-year contract.

Willian has been a crucial member of Chelsea’s squad since joining the club for £30m in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 37 goals in 234 Premier League appearances and helping the club to two league titles and also triumphs in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.

And die-hard Blues fan Jason Cundy was full of praise for the forward, insisting he has been a ‘brilliant servant’ for the west Londoners.

“I’m really disappointed he’s leaving,” the former Blues defender told talkSPORT. “He’s been one of my favourite players this season.

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“He has really stepped up since [Eden] Hazard left; he may have perhaps been in the shadow of Hazard because he was the golden boy.

“He has had a stellar season, solid work rate and has scored some big goals this season.

“For me, I’m disappointed that he’s not going to be at the club again. I felt he would stay but Chelsea only offered two years and he wants three.

“If Arsenal offer him three and he extends his career, I’ll say thank you very much for what he’s done. He’s played a huge part in the club’s history and I wish him all the best.”

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