Willian reveals decision over Chelsea future

Chelsea winger Willian has revealed he will remain at Stamford Bridge until the season has concluded, even if it goes beyond the end of his contract on June 30.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused all Premier League games to be postponed until further notice, with no clear indication of when the campaign will resume.

Top-flight clubs reiterated in a meeting on Friday that they are committed to seeing out the remaining 92 fixtures, but will only do so when it is safe.

Players whose contracts were due to expire on June 30 will likely have no obligation to carry on playing for their clubs if games go into July and August, but Willian admitted it isn’t an issue for him.

‘I want to give everything for Chelsea until the end like I always did, until the end of my contract, until the end of the league,’ Willian told AP.

‘I have to discuss with the club to see what we are going to do. But for me, from my side, I have no problem to play until the end of the season.’

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Willian’s Blues teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi was one of the first players known to have tested positive for the disease on March 11.

The Brazil international added: ‘We shook hands and hugged each other. So after that when he tested positive for the coronavirus I think everyone was worried about it. But none of us felt any symptoms.’

When the football is finally allowed to resume, one option is to stage all matches behind closed doors, without any fans.

But the Chelsea winger believes that may not protect the players, he said: ‘If we restart playing without fans but there’s contact on the pitch and maybe we can spread the virus between us.

‘It’s not a bad idea but they have to know very carefully what’s going to happen. Maybe a player can have the virus and we play against each other, you know?

‘I play against someone and I get the virus then I go home after the game to stay with my family and pass the virus to my wife or daughters. So we have to be careful about that.’

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