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Arsenal’s advantage over PSG and Man United in Willian race as Chelsea star eyes free transfer

Chelsea star Willian looks like he could be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The winger’s contract is up this summer, and though talks have continued about a potential new deal, with just over two months of the season remaining the prospect of the Brazilian star leaving Stamford Bridge increases in likelihood.

The Brazilian star joined Chelsea in 2013, choosing to complete a move to West London over a transfer to Spurs from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Le10 Sport state that his time with the Blues will soon be over, with Chelsea’s latest offer not convincing him to stay.

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And now there are reportedly a host of clubs lining up to try and secure his services for the 2020/21 season, with Paris Saint-Germain leading the way.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo is said to be a big fan of the winger, and his profile as both an experienced player and being available on a free transfer are enticing to the French club.

Other clubs said to be considering a move are Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus – and local rivals Arsenal.

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And though his time at Stamford Bridge may be coming to a close, the winger’s recent comments could mean a big advantage for the Gunners in the race to sign him.

In an interview with the Players’ Tribune , Willian stated that he is happy at Chelsea and his family are settled in London, and he wants to stay – proving his commitment by becoming a British citizen.

“I have played for Chelsea for more than six years now, and I can honestly say that I am very happy here,” he stated.

Willian in action against Lille (Image: Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

“If you ask my wife if she wants to leave London, she’ll say no. My daughters feel the same way. Of course, Brazil is Brazil, right? It’s our home, our culture. We always feel good when we go there on holiday and see family and friends. But London is my second home.

“In fact, I recently passed a British citizenship test. Man, it was hard. It’s British history in a nutshell: the 1500s, the 1600s, wars, battles, great leaders, stuff like that. Some questions are so difficult that not even some of my British friends knew the answers!

“I bought this handbook called Life in the UK Test, which covers everything in the exam. I don’t know how many hours I spent reading it. I also downloaded a phone app with mock tests.

“As it turned out, I failed on my first two attempts, but got it on the third. I am now a British citizen!

“So London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here. Whenever I get back to the dressing room, I want to keep seeing their messages. I want to keep hearing their love and encouragement.”