Chelsea 'in limbo' over Willian and Pedro extensions

Willian and Pedro remain ‘open’ to agreeing short-term extensions to their Chelsea deals, though both are seeking additional security in the event they suffer injury prior to entering free agency.

The experienced duo are out-of-contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and are expected to depart on free transfers, though, according to the Telegraph, remain willing to extend their contracts until the end of the rescheduled Premier League season despite having failed to reach an agreement thus far.

Premier League players out-of-contract this summer are set to become free agents from June 30, though the league has already given permission for short-term extensions to tie players until the end of the rescheduled campaign, though any such deals must be finalised by June 23.

However, despite being ‘keen’ to play out the remainder of the season, both Willian and Pedro are seeking assurances from Chelsea about what would happen should they suffer an injury that would hinder their prospects of finding a new club ahead of next season.

The report suggests the option to ‘include clauses that would guarantee them another short-term extension if they suffered an injury’.

Willian is believed to have already attracted the interest of several Premier League rivals including both Arsenal and Tottenham, whilst a host of clubs have also registered an interest in signing Pedro as the Spaniard prepares to leave the Blues after five seasons in west London.

The situation currently means Chelsea remain ‘in limbo’ over the duo with less than a week until the Premier League returns to action, Frank Lampard’s side set to play their first behind-closed-doors fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday June 21.

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