Chelsea have told Willian it is "impossible" for him to secure a new three-year deal in west London.
The Brazilian's contract is set to expire in three months and discussions between the two parties have hit a wall.
Willian moved to Stamford Bridge in 2013 and the Blues are prepared to prolong his stay by a further two years.
But with the player turning 32 this summer Chelsea will be keen not to tie him down for too long as they plot a big money move for Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund star would provide competition for Willian leaving the Blues to re-evaluate their options.
“Really a very beautiful story that I built at this club, I have a very special affection for the fans, for the people who work there and I identified myself a lot here,” Willian told Fox Sports.
“Everyone knows that my contract ends now in a few months, so the renewal is really a difficult thing to happen.
"I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.
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