First-team players expressed concern about the future of the club as Chelsea have lost five games in a row, including being knocked out of the Champions League after losing to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
In addition to concerns about the club’s future, some team members are apprehensive about their first-team chances next season due to an overcrowded squad.
Chelsea’s January transfer activity has left them with a huge squad of more than 30 players leaving many players – worth millions of pounds completely out of the squad. As can be seen, Chelsea have signed 12 first-team players permanently since the Boehly – Clearlake duo took over, while seven current team members have signed new terms since Abramovich’s departure. Go.
In addition, the club face being excluded from next season’s European Cup due to their poor performance in the Premier League. Therefore, rookies will have less chance to play.
So, as The Athletic reports, several team members have expressed their desire to leave the club this summer. However, the majority of them signed long-term contracts with the team.
A source close to the first-team squad says a number of players have been told they will become ‘key’ to an ‘exciting new Chelsea project’ during contract negotiations.
The fact that Chelsea are not difficult to qualify for the Champions League has caused another problem in the team as owner Boehly implemented a bonus structure for player contracts related to Champions League qualification causing their wages to be reduced. fluctuates depending on whether they compete or not.
It’s an important step up from the ownership era of Roman Abramovich, who only rewarded players for titles. According to Mail Sport, the club’s most recent signings, or those who have agreed a new contract, will see their earning potential cut by at least 30%. Sources have indicated that this number can be as high as 50%.
Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly are among those who will not be affected as they signed with the club before the salary structure was approved.
The Athletic source said the difference in the contract is causing a rift in the team: ”That situation (wage and bonus difference) is unlikely to help harmony in the team. You will have some players who are financially responsible for the bad results this season but some who are not.”