Willian and Pedro to finish the season 
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Willian and Pedro have signed short term contract extensions, keeping them at Chelsea until the end of the season.

The pair's previous deals were set to expire at the end of June, but now Frank Lampard will be able to rely on their experience for the remainder of the Premier League campaign, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

  • Long time servants

Willian, 31, has been a consistent part of Lampard's squad this season, making 38 appearances and scoring seven times, including a brace at Tottenham in December.

Minutes have been more difficult to come by for Pedro, featuring just 18 times, largely down to persistent injuries.

The duo are long time servants of the club, Willian joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in seven years ago while Pedro swapped Barcelona for West London in 2015.

Willian has been a consistent presence on the right wing for the blues through two Premier League title successes, a league cup victory, an FA Cup triumph and a successful Europa League campaign. 

In 2016, he was voted as the club's Player of the Year and in his 330 appearances for Chelsea, he has registered 59 goals and 59 assists.

Pedro nailed down the right side of a front three alongside Diego Costa and Eden Hazard during Antonio Conte's league winning season and his 201 Blues appearances have brought 43 goals and 28 assists.

The Spaniard has struggled with injury this term more than any other with Chelsea, but his quality and wealth of experience is undeniable.

  • Mix of experience and youth

While Lampard is building a young and talented squad through the likes of Tammy AbrahamMason MountFikayo TomoriCallum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James the experience of the older players is essential to balance out the team.

In this respect, Willian and Pedro both have plenty to offer for the remainder of the season as Chelsea look to secure a place in the top four.

The aging wingers are two of a small number of players, along with captain Cesar Azpilicueta, to have been with the team during their last title success.

In the big games, such as the 2-0 victory at Spurs or tomorrow's clash with Manchester City, the wisdom of players like Willian who have years worth of big game experience could be pivotal in getting a result.

Coming off the back of a three-month Coronavirus lay-off, squad depth and rotation is also very important. 

The Blues' hectic schedule will mean that Lampard will likely have to be make the most of his talented squad and retaining the abilities of Pedro and Willian until at the least the end of the season will without doubt be key.

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