Frank Lampard gives his take on Willian’s situation at Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reiterated that Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian remains an important part of his plans at the club. 

The former England international has made things quite clear, despite the contract standoff at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian's current deal runs out at the end of the season and the 31-year-old is yet to be offered a new deal. 

The player himself revealed this news, after Chelsea's 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Champions League group stage.

Chelsea have had a long policy of not offering long term deals to players, who are over the age of 30 and that is believed to be the reason in Willian's case. Even the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and in fact Lampard himself faced the same situation. 

"Honestly I am happy here. I feel happy to play for this club but this situation is not in my hands. It is in theirs. I wait for them. They know what I want, what I want to do. They already know so I wait for them.", Willian stated.

Lampard has confirmed that he wants to keep the Brazilian at the club beyond his contract expiry but also reiterated that it is not completely in his control.

"I said it before it is an ongoing situation with the club in terms of the contract. That is not so much my business," Lampard said.

"You can see he is playing very regularly for us and playing well and I have said that two three times in the last month that I am very happy with him so you see where I am at with it.  He is a very important member of the club and of course I want it to be done but that is obviously both sides have to be happy for that."

Willian has been at Chelsea since 2013 and has been a brilliant servant to the club. However, he could never become a fan favourite during his stay at the West London club and many of the fans might welcome the news of his departure.

The Brazilian, however, has been a key player for the Blues under every manager at Stamford Bridge. That has also been the case with Lampard and the former England international may look to retain his services. He has already appeared in 17 games for the Blues this season, scoring three goals and providing three assists to his teammates.

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