Chelsea have offered Willian a contract worth £120,000-a-week to ward off any potential interest from Europe's leading clubs, according to The Times.
The Brazilian has been one of few Chelsea players to come out of the current campaign with an enhanced reputation. While the likes of John Terry, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have, at times, flattered to deceive, Willian has been a consistently high performer.
And, as a result, Chelsea are automatically fearing that they will lose the attacking midfielder in the summer transfer window. The Blues look set to miss out on Champions League football for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era and are already bracing themselves for transfer bids.
Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are all likely to generate significant interest from Europe's elite clubs, but while Chelsea are open to the idea of cashing in on one of their major stars, they are determined to keep hold of the industrious Willian.
Hazard will have four years left on his contract in the summer while Costa and Courtois will both have three, respectively. As a result, Chelsea are confident of getting market value for each of them, but it is a different story with Willian.
Currently, the 27-year-old has two-and-a-half years left on the deal he originally signed when joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, believed to be worth £80,000-a-week. But despite the likely fall in revenue that comes with dropping out of Europe, they have offered him a 50 percent increase on that wage in a deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2020.
If he signs, as expected, it will deter Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, all of who have been credited with an interest in recent weeks. Luckily, Willian has already told Chelsea that he is settled in London and wants to stay whether Champions League football is present next season or not.
With ten goals and four assists across all competitions this season, Willian has filled the boots that Hazard seemingly vacated at the start of the season. While the Belgian has fallen far from the high standards he set last year, the versatile Brazilian has stepped up impressively.
Still fighting for the FA Cup and the Champions League, Willian's form could still inspire Chelsea to a rather successful season.
Tips from a legend
And Chelsea fans can expect Willian to get even better after Brazil legend Zico came to their Cobham training complex this week to hand his compatriot a few tips.
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