According to the latest reports, Chelsea are to offer attacking midfielder Willian a new contract and talks with his representatives have already taken place.
The Brazilian international only joined the Blues last summer, moving from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported £32million fee.
Willian's initial involvement in the first team caused great debate among supporters and pundits due to his conservative style and the sudden absence of former Stamford Bridge idol Juan Mata.
Yet, after an extended run in the first-team it became quite evident that Willian possesses defensive abilities and endeavour in the final third – traits which boss Jose Mourinho has endlessly praised.
This season, the 26-year-old has played a major role in the Blues’ early success and the club see him as an integral part of the team both now and for the foreseeable future.
As a result, according to The Mirror the club are looking at boosting his current contract which runs until 2018 and talks are said to have already taken place with the player’s representatives.
“Chelsea are set to offer a new contract to Brazilian star Willian. There have been positive talks between the club and Willian’s representatives and it is expected an agreement will be reached by the end of this season,” the report claims.
Willian has started 11 Premier League matches so far this season, contributing with just one goal and a single assist.
He played the majority of the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday, though on this occasion his performance levels uncharacteristically dropped in comparison with recent weeks.