Willian left out of Chelsea squad for Champions League trip to Bayern Munich as Arsenal near free transfer
WILLIAN has seemingly played his last Chelsea game after being left out of the squad for their Champions League trip to Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian missed the FA Cup final against Arsenal with an injury and Frank Lampard confirmed he has not recovered in time to travel to Germany.
His contract, which was extended to cover the rest of the elongated season, is up when Chelsea's season ends – expected to be tomorrow night – with a free transfer to Arsenal on the verge of completion.
Lampard said: "Willian remains our player at the moment. He’s injured and was injured for the Cup final, and for tomorrow, and would have given everything to play in those games.
"He has carried this injury for the latter part of restart."
The Blues take on Bayern in the Allianz Arena on Saturday night.
But with the Germans 3-0 up from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, it would take a remarkable collapse from the Bundesliga winners to be dumped out.
Willian was not pictured travelling with his team-mates for the game and Chelsea confirmed he is not part of the 23-man travelling squad.
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He started and was subbed off at Anfield on coronation day on July 22 but did not make the matchday squads against Wolves or for the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Now Willian is now on the brink of completing a free transfer to the Gunners as Chelsea's season looks set to come to a close.
He is on course to sign a three-year contract worth £100,000 a week at Arsenal after Chelsea refused to offer more than a two-year extension.
The two-time Premier League winner did have other options with five clubs chasing his signature, including one from the MLS – thought to be David Beckham's Inter Miami.
And Lampard wished his former team-mate well if he does depart the Blues as expected.
He added: "He’s been here for seven seasons and been a big part of successful teams.
"When I came in this year, and we had a transitional element to the whole group, Willian was one I relied on in terms of experience and quality, and he’s shown me that all year.
"Mine and his relationship is really close. If he does move on I would have no feeling of disappointment. I’ve played with him, coached him, and he’s a fantastic man and fantastic player.
"He will feel like that about Chelsea, and I don’t want anyone to find a negative attitude because the club have acted very well in this as well. If he moves on, I would wish him well and that’s where we are at now."
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