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Daily Star - - FOOTBALL -

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,

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