Willian transfer: No Real Madrid bid as passport issue delays Chelsea return

Kristopher Nichols
August 1, 2018

The situation has similarities to the one that the Blues found themselves in past year, when Diego Costa attempted to force a move to Atletico Madrid by refusing to return for pre-season.

One of Jose Mourinho's favourite players, Willian, has confirmed to Brazilian press that he will remain a Chelsea player, quashing any Manchester United rumours.

Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly offering Willian a new deal at Stamford Bridge with Barcelona and Manchester United interested in the winger.

However, while the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek arrived back at training before their scheduled return date, Willian is almost a week late.

The Brazil worldwide was due to return to Chelsea last Friday after an extended holiday following the World Cup, but has yet to appear at training.

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The Brazilian's Chelsea future is still far from being settled though, with Manchester United in the lead in the race to sign him.

The 29-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2018-19 season unless Spurs decide to activate a clause in his contract.

"No, I am back to England", he told Globo Esporte.

Whatever the reason for Willian's absence, it's unlikely to go down well with new manager Maurizio Sarri.

But the Blues are understood to be considering a double bid worth £100million from Real Madrid for Willian and Thibaut Courtois, with the Belgium No 1 particularly keen on a move back to the Spanish capital.

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