Lampard insists Chelsea have done all they can to keep Willian amid Arsenal link
Frank Lampard insists Chelsea did everything to keep want-away Willian and will hold no grudges if he leaves.
Willian, who is 32 on Sunday, is set to join Arsenal on a three-year contract after turning down a new deal at Stamford Bridge and will miss injury-hit Chelsea ’s trip to Bayern Munich.
But Lampard insists that Willian is genuinely out injured with an Achilles issue and maintains he will wish him well for the future even though the Brazil forward is joining a London rival.
Chelsea boss Lampard said: “In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian.
"Mine and his relationship is very close and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. He is a fantastic man and a fantastic player.
“I think he will feel like that about Chelsea. I will leave him to say his own words. But I don’t want anyone to try to find a negative attitude.
"The club have acted very well in this as well. If he moves on I personally will wish him well. That is where we are at.
“I think he leaves a hole as a player who has been here for I think seven seasons, being part of successful teams. He has his own decisions to make. We as a club will always want to move forward, no matter what.
“Eden Hazard left last year, the club continues to work in a forward direction which I think we have in many ways. That remains the same, whatever player leaves the club.
“When a player is out of contract they have the freedom and the right to play wherever they want. We have to accept that and move on. I have no problems with that.”
Lampard is without Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro who are out for three and six weeks respectively while Christian Pulisic could miss the start of next season with his hamstring injury.
It leaves the odds stacked against Chelsea at Bayern Munich but Lampard insisted: “It’s a huge task. But if we don’t believe we can do it then we should not be here.
"Games have turned, some big games, famous games and we have to go into the game with that thought.”
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