Premier league leaders,Chelsea plan to open contract talks with Victor Moses in the coming weeks after the forward became a transfer target for Barcelona.
Moses has had an improvement in form and his performances in a new wing-back role have been key to Chelsea’s stunning turnaround in form since switching to a 3-4-3 formation, sparking a seven-game winning run in the Premier League.
He scored the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over title rivals Tottenham, having previously found the net in wins against Burnley and champions Leicester City.
The Nigerian international, who turns 26 next month, is under contract until the summer of 2019, having signed a new four-year deal just before joining West Ham on loan for the 2015-16 season.
He started only 16 games for the Hammers last season, yet has now become a crucial part of Antonio Conte’s team during their dominant rise to the top of the Premier League table.
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo – himself a former Nigerian international – has been thoroughly impressed with the way Moses has adapted to his new role.
New Contract Talks With Victor Moses To Fend Off Barcelona
He is thought to be keen for Moses to be given an extended, improved contract partly to acknowledge his position within the team but also to ward off interest from Barcelona.
Moses has traditionally been seen as a winger but, after three successive seasons away from the club on loan, has now established himself as a regular in Chelsea’s starting line-up at wing-back.
His role now involves taking a greater defensive responsibility and Barcelona are understood to view him as one of the best right-back options in Europe at present.
Chelsea are aware of Barcelona’s interest and has been told by sources at the Catalan club that they are actively searching for a right-back to either replace or provide competition for Sergi Roberto.
To end all speculations about the player,the Londoners are keen to open contract talks with Victor Moses to keep him at the club
They have sent a scout to a number of Chelsea games both home and away throughout this season, and are understood to have been impressed with the way Moses has performed in the matches they have attended.