Premier League

Willian and Pedro sign new Chelsea deals

The pair will stay until the end of the season as Frank Lampard's side strive for Champions League qualification

4:00pm on Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Martin Macdonald

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will have two of his senior attackers available for the Premier League run-in after Willian and Pedro agreed to short-term extensions on their current deals until the end of the season.

Both players were due to leave the club on 30 June after the expiration of their previous deals, but have opted to stay at Stamford Bridge until the climax of the Premier League season, which has been extended into the summer.

Willian, 31, has been one of the key senior players for Chelsea this season, starting 22 league matches for Lampard, but had been unable to agree terms on an extended contract beyond this summer, with the Brazilian allegedly keen for a longer deal than was on the table.

World Cup winner Pedro has only started eight league matches, and had already negotiated a move to Roma when his contract with Chelsea expires. However, that transfer will happen after the domestic seasons in England and Italy finish.

Willian has been a mainstay in Chelsea’s squad since making a big money move from Anzhi in 2013, winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, and also the Europa League in 2019.

Pedro has won all those accolades also, but win just the one Premier League title.

Even before the summer transfer window opens, the Blues have been busy in the transfer market and have already completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, as Lampard adds yet more talented youth to his squad.

Latest news

Premier League

Official: Wolves sign Nelson Semedo from Barcelona

The right-back will join the growing Portuguese contingent at Molineux after being deemed surplus to requirements by Ronald Koeman

  • 32 minutes
Premier League

Leeds set to sign Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad

The Spaniard will join from the Basque side as Marcelo Bielsa looks to further strengthen his backline

  • 56 minutes
Premier League

Hudson-Odoi in Lampard's plans, but talks to commence about his future

The Chelsea boss insists the young winger needs to work hard to stake a claim for a starting berth, but will chat about potential player exits soon

  • 1 hour

Frank de Boer set to be appointed Netherlands coach

The former Ajax and Crystal Palace boss has joined on a deal until 2022, replacing Ronald Koeman

  • 2 hours
Book Extract

How Jurgen Klopp made Trent Alexander-Arnold a playmaking full-back

In an extract from Lee Scott's book on Jurgen Klopp, we look at how the German evolved TAA's role into something special

  • 2 hours
Premier League

Ancelotti and James helping to dispel the 'intense' Premier League myth

The Italian took umbrage to the suggestion that his playmaker would not be able to adapt to England - and he's dead right

  • 3 hours

Most read

Other interesting players

  1. image description Raheem Sterling W, AM (L)
    Man City 91
  2. image description Sadio Mané W, AM (L)
    Liverpool 89
  3. image description Eden Hazard W, AM (L)
    Real Madrid 88
  4. image description Willian W, AM (R)
    Arsenal 85
  5. Napoli 84
  6. image description Pablo Sarabia W, AM (R)
    PSG 83
  7. image description Riyad Mahrez W, AM (R)
    Man City 81
  8. image description Saïd Benrahma W, AM (L)
    Brentford 79
  9. image description Renato Steffen W, M (R)
    Wolfsburg 78