"Time to change": Former manager urges Willian to make summer move to Juventus

Willian’s former coach at Shaktar Donetsk Mircea Lucescu has urged the soon-out-of-contract Chelsea winger to sign for Juventus.

The 31-year-old could leave Chelsea on a free transfer this summer, with several top clubs, including Juventus reportedly interested in him.

Chelsea have proposed a new deal for Willian, but the two-year deal Chelsea offered was deemed unacceptable by the player.

Instead, Willian demanded a three-year deal, which Chelsea refused to put on the table considering he will soon be 32 in August.

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Speaking to Fox Sports Brazil a few weeks ago, Willian said: “I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.

“Three years, Chelsea said it would be impossible, so for now, there’s this difficulty, but nothing is impossible.”

Looking at his respectable numbers and performance this season, Willian would probably not have a hard time finding a new club if decides to leave.

He has bagged five goals and five assists from 28 Premier League appearances and has been Frank Lampard’s primary creative outlet.

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And his former manager at Shaktar Donetsk Lucescu has advised Willian to play for Serie A champions Juventus.

Asked whether he would recommend Juventus move to Willian, he told Tuttomercato: “Absolutely yes, I would be very happy if Willian had to choose Juventus.

“It would be exceptional to see him wearing that shirt, he has been at Chelsea for many years and perhaps it would be time to change.”

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