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Chelsea hero Melchiot: Do we really need Willian?

Chelsea hero Mario Melchiot thinks the club stood by their philosophy surrounding ageing players after Willian decided to leave Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old Brazilian wanted a three-year extension but Chelsea would only offer two years.

Willian is now expected to join Arsenal on a three-year deal, but Melchiot believes the Blues made the right decision to stick to their guns.

Melchiot told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Arsenal, in my time, were the Invincibles – they had a great side and I think they still are a good team.

"Don't get me wrong, they always produce some talented players.

"But when you look at Chelsea, they tried to hold onto a certain key thing now where players, when they get to a certain age, they always consider 'do we really need this player?'

"I think with Willian, they made it clear. They negotiated a deal and it didn't come the way Willian wanted it to.

"Arsenal were listening to that and tried to pinch him right before anything could happen."

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