Chelsea to cut salary of Enzo Fernández and some of his team-mates after failure to qualify for European Cups

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Chelsea have hit rock bottom. With the elimination of the Champions League this Tuesday against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, The group Blue no longer has goals In season. And many of its players face cuts of up to 30%. in salaries for the failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League (there are ten points missing from buying a ticket for the Europa League, with 7 dates left), a setback that could cause serious financial consequences for the London club due to the need of meets the ‘correctness’ financial.

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With the arrival at the club of the American consortium led by Todd Boehley Last year a clause was introduced in the contracts of players – new signings and those who have renewed -, which would imply salary cuts if qualification for the Champions League is not achieved, according to The Telegraph.

Chelsea players, after the defeat against Real Madrid.  Reuters/Matthew Childs

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Chelsea players, after the defeat against Real Madrid. Reuters/Matthew Childs

This will not, however, affect football players who had already signed their contracts in the era of Roman Abramovich as the top president of the entity, as was the case with Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.

For these players, the clauses in their contracts include bonuses for winning titles, but not deductions for not qualifying for European competitions, as is the case with Chelsea this season, where it is almost impossible to reach the Europa League or the Conference League.

In total, Chelsea have signed or renewed 19 players since Boehly’s arrival, including Cesar Azpilicueta, Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Reece James.

Rodrygo's goal at Stamford Bridge.  (AFP)

Rodrygo’s goal at Stamford Bridge. (AFP)

To try and ease the financial pressure on a club that has spent more 600 million in two transfer windowsthe ‘Blues’ have offered long contracts, with salaries amortized over different years, but are forced to let the players go next summer to even the score and avoid possible sanctions from UEFA or the Premier League.

Among the options to lighten the accounts there is N’Golo Kantewhose contract expires this year and has not yet closed a renewal, while Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ruben Loftus-Cheek they finalize their commitment to Chelsea in June 2024 and the club can try to cash in this summer before they leave for free.

There is also the case of gioao felixthat, if an agreement for the transfer of the Portuguese with Atlético de Madrid is not closed, he would return with the rojiblancos in July.

Source: EFE

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