WILLIAN scored the goal that papered over the cracks in Chelsea’s striker crisis – then told them he is ready to sign a new contract.
The Brazilian’s superb goal got Maurizio Sarri’s team out of a hole at Stamford Bridge, as they struggled to overcome a stubborn and well-organised Newcastle.
Chelsea turned down a £50m bid from Barcelona for Willian on Thursday, which would have seen £38m winger Malcom come to London in exchange.
The Spaniards are expected to come in with another bid, but after the game on Saturday the 30-year-old forward pledged his future to the club – and said that he is ready to sign if Chelsea offer a new contract.
Willian, who has 18 months left on his current deal, said: “My future is here. I have one and a half years left on my contract, and I want to stay until my contract is finished.
“I don’t know if the club want me to sign a new contract, but my focus is here. Of course I would like a new contract. If they want it, I want it. I have been here for five and a half years, won a lot of titles.
“I am very happy here. If they want me to sign, I want that.
‘‘To play for Chelsea you have to put your mind to winning titles every year. I want that.”
This was no easy ride against a Newcastle team who have now slipped into the bottom three and look in real trouble unless owner Mike Ashley – subject of a “Get out of our club” chant from travelling fans – puts his hand in his pocket.
Chelsea got off a great start as Pedro scored after nine minutes,