Chelsea have postponed all contract talks with their players until they find out whether the season will run past 30 June.
The Premier League have suspended play because of the coronavirus outbreak and – despite plenty of cautious optimism – nobody is truly certain when it will return. Should they receive the all-clear later than expected, games may have to be played past 30 June just to get the season finished.
The problem with that is that Chelsea have four players out of contract on that date – Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero – and The Telegraph note that all negotiations have been put on hold until the situation becomes clearer.
Both Giroud and Caballero have shown a willingness to pen a one-year extension, but Chelsea will not make a decision on either until they learn when the Premier League is set to return.
Willian has pushed for a three-year deal, but Chelsea have refused to meet those demands and had put negotiations with the Brazilian on hold anyway, while Pedro is expected to leave the club this summer.
Speaking to Cadena SER, the Spaniard confessed that he was unsure what the future holds for him, which has since been mistranslated by many as ‘he has already decided to leave’. Google Translate at its finest.
“My contract is up, but that’s not the most important thing right now,” Pedro said. “I haven’t even thought about it. My future will be resolved in due course.
“The most important thing is for everyone to show solidarity. Whatever happens regarding my future will happen, but right now it’s not important as we don’t even know when we will return to training.”
It’s not just talks over expiring contracts which have been put on hold. Chelsea have been working tirelessly to tie striker Tammy Abraham down to a new deal, but an agreement is yet to be reached.
There have been plenty of claims that talks have stalled over Abraham’s £180,000-a-week demands, but The Telegraph insist the youngster has not asked for such a figure – a revelation which he praised on Instagram (via Metro) soon after.
“Finally some real news,” Abraham commented on a fan’s post.