Chelsea should be looking to thrash out fresh terms with Willian, says Glen Johnson, as it would cost £20 million to replace the Brazilian.
Willian has been in the transfer headlines the whole season, as he is out of contract when the season is officially over, with a number of top clubs linked with offering him a nice big contract.
But Johnson believes those in west London should be looking to accept any demands that are put to them when it comes to extension talks.
He told TalkSport: “I still think he’s a top player. Those sort of players, those players with that level of professionalism, they are hard to replace.
“Financially, business-wise, trying to replace Willian – how much is that going to cost? You are going to let a top player walk out of the door for nothing. It’s going to cost you a good £20m to replace him.
“I’d definitely like to see him stay there for another year.”
Frank Lampard has suggested that Willian may yet be talked into prolonging his association with the club, with it possible that he could be kept on as World Cup winner Pedro departs.
The Blues boss said: “Yes, we are still talking with the players and Willian in particular we are talking with him. I always felt confident that they would remain.
“They have been fantastic professionals for the club and servants in all senses and when you have that level of professionalism within you it was a sign that they wanted to stay and see out this season at least.
“So we will carry on talking and see but I think everybody’s focus now is on these next games, the individuals themselves and us as a club.
“I’m pleased negotiations were relatively easy because both sides wanted the same thing. The two players wanted to make sure they could see the season out with us. At this point we need them in the squad they are both important players for us so I’m happy.”