The British media has reported that the Brazilian is on the verge of joining Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal, to whom they lost in the FA Cup final last weekend, on a three-year deal after his current employers only offered him a two-year extension which left him disappointed.
The 31-year-old’s contract expires at the end of Chelsea’s Champions League campaign. Lampard’s side take on Bayern Munich in the last-16 second-leg on Saturday (Aug 8), a game he will miss owing to an ankle injury.
The Blues have an uphill task of overturning a 3-0 deficit at the Allianz Arena.
“I haven’t got an answer” about whether Willian will leave, “because Willian remains our player at the moment. It actually doesn’t matter about disappointment from any party in this situation”, Lampard told reporters.
“Certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian, and mine and his relationship is close. I’d have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on.
“I’ve played with him, coached him, he’s a fantastic man and a fantastic player. He’ll feel like that about Chelsea… But I don’t want anyone to try and find a negative attitude, because the club have acted very well in this as well.”
Willian has scored 63 goals and provided 62 assists in 339 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.