Merson lays into Chelsea over Willian contract saga and makes Man City claim

Paul Merson thinks Chelsea will regret it if they allow their winger Willian to leave the club this summer.

The 31-year-old's current contract expires in June and judging by his recent comments it appears certain the Blues will not be offering him a new deal.

Speaking to Expediente Futebol last week Willian said: "With Chelsea, it's over. Everyone knows my contract ends in a few months. A renewal is difficult.

"Chelsea proposed two extra years and I wanted three. We're not talking anymore. There won't be a negotiation."

The likes of Barcelona and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the player in the past, but speaking to Sky Sports Merson said Chelsea should re-think letting Willian leave.

"Willian is world class, and Chelsea haven't got a lot of world class players," Merson said. "Willian has been outstanding, he could play for Manchester City tomorrow. There will be teams queuing around the block to sign him.

"He's a special player and for me, Chelsea have dropped one by letting it get to this situation."

Nevertheless, Merson also thinks Willian has been lucky to escape criticism for allowing his contract to run down and potentially leaving on a free transfer.

"He’s let his contract run down and no one has said a dicky-bird about it," he added. "We’ve seen so many players get plenty of stick over running down their contract and leaving on a free. Normally everybody goes mad but with Willian, because he’s played so well, it’s gone under the radar.

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