Willian now looks as if he could be set to continue his career with Chelsea.
That will please the Brazilian, who has previously made it clear that his preference is to stay with the side whom he joined in 2013 from the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkab.
The 31-year old was all set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season on a free contract with the two parties unable to agree a new contract, but there now appears to have been a breakthrough in negotiations between the two sides,
However, it will disappoint his many suitors including Arsenal, who have been heavily linked with a move for him because his agent Kia Joorabchian is close to the hierarchy at the Emirates.
It is not clear yet how the impasse has been broken, with the length of contract that Chelsea were willing to offer him a sticking point – they only wanted to offer two, whereas Willian was holding out for three.
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