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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard provides major Willian update amid Arsenal transfer links

Frank Lampard says he wants the same Chelsea squad until the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed that he is keen to extend Willian’s contract if the Premier League campaign restarts.

Willian becomes a free agent at the end of next month and discussions over a possible extension at Stamford Bridge have reached an impasse amid the coronavirus crisis.

The 31-year-old Brazil international is demanding a new two-year contract but Chelsea are only willing to offer him a rolling 12-month extension and widespread reports suggest he is set to leave the club.

Giroud and Willian are both out of contract next month (Picture: Getty)

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been mooted as potential suitors, with Willian hoping to remain in London, but Lampard has played down the speculation by declaring that he wants the same squad until the end of the season if ‘Project Restart’ is successful.

Olivier Giroud is also nearing the end of his deal with the Blues.

Uncertainty over player contracts remains a huge concern among clubs, many of which could lose squad members whose deals expire in June if the 2019/20 campaign resumes at some…