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Chelsea reject £35m bids from Barcelona, Atletico Madrid for Willian

Chelsea appear determined to keep winger, Willian, after the club once again rebuffed approaches for the player.

The club rejected bids of £35m from both Spanish Champions, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for the Brazilian according to reports from England.

Willian has one year left on his current deal and could leave the club for free if he does not sign a new contract.

The player has been a key part of Chelsea’s team since his move from Russian side, Anzhi Makhachkala, for £30m in 2013.

While he’s had a decent time at the club, including winning two Premier League titles, a Europa League crown and an FA Cup while scoring 52 goals, Willian’s starting place came under threat last season with the rise of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Maurizio Sarri’s preference for Pedro in the second half of the campaign.

However, with star player Eden Hazard now a Real Madrid signing, Willian’s importance to Chelsea might become pronounced again.

And with the club facing a two-transfer window ban, they would prefer not to lose any more of their main players.

Willian is currently away with Brazil at the Copa America where he was a late call-up to replace the injured Neymar.

He came on as a substitute in the host nation’s 3-0 win over Bolivia.

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