With Chelsea lingering in 15th place, cut adrift from the top four let alone the title race, it seems surprising that one player has managed to earn himself a pay rise for a series of fine performances.
The stars of last season – Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – returned from the summer break looking like different players, each a little bit worse than the last.
But, despite the run of disastrous results, one player has managed to keep his dignity and even emerge with a bigger reputation amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful. That man is Willian.
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According to the Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho has been impressed with the Brazilian's attitude through this mess of a campaign and is keen to reward him with a new contract, complete with a sizeable wage rise and a minimum two-year extension.
Willian currently earns £80,000-a-week in west London, but this new deal will see that wage increased to £100,000-a-week. If he signs this deal, it will keep him at the club until 2020.
Chelsea officials are confident that a deal will be struck with the offer that is currently on the table and hope to wrap things up in January. They believe the 27-year-old is happy at the club even though there is a strong chance Champions League football won't be available next season.
Had every player in Mourinho's squad performed as well as Willian, they certainly would not be in the kind of position they find themselves in at the moment. Mourinho obviously agrees as he has played the attacking midfielder in all but one of Chelsea's Premier League games this season as well as every Champions League tie.
And it is Europe where he has really excelled, scoring three goals in four starts, including a sensational and equally crucial free-kick against Dynamo Kiev. The goal earned Chelsea a 2-1 win and kept qualification for the latter stages in their own hands.
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