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2. Breaking News: Todd Boehly Punishes Chelsea Players for missing out on top four – here are the list of affected players
Players facing 30 per cent pay cuts after Champions League exit
Chelsea’s Champions League exit has left some players facing the prospect of pay cuts of up to 30 per cent, while others will not see their wages immediately hit by a failure to qualify for the competition should they stay at the club.The Boehly-Clearlake Capital owners introduced a bonus system after buying Chelsea from Roman Abramovich, who only paid bonuses for winning trophies and did not include Champions League reduction clauses in contracts.AdvertisementHaving spent £600 million in the past two transfer windows, the move to insert Champions League clauses will help offset some of the costs of not playing in Europe’s top competition, although some of the cuts may be deferred past next season.A number of players who joined Chelsea or who have signed new contracts since the takeover agreed to a variable salary scheme that saw a portion of their wages, as much as 30 per cent in some cases, tied to Champions League qualification.But those still on contracts agreed under the Abramovich regime are guaranteed their full wages should they stay at the club this summer without signing new deals, despite Chelsea’s dismal season in which qualification for the Champions League has now become impossible.Big earners from the Abramovich era include Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante, who has been in negotiations over an extension to his contract past the end of this season.
It is expected that any of the players from the Abramovich era who sign new contracts at Chelsea in the future will have to agree to the Champions League clause, so that the reductions impact the entire squad when the full transition period between ownerships has come to an end.Chelsea have signed 12 senior players on permanent contracts since the Boehly-Clearlake takeover, including January recruits Enzo Fernandez, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, David Datro Fofana and Malo Gusto, who will not be available to play until next season. Silva, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah, Armando Broja and Marcus Betinelli have all signed new contracts since the change of ownership.
The summer clear-out at Chelsea is coming – who stays and who goes?
The club’s bloated and imbalanced squad must be addressed with a new permanent manager set to be appointed
By Matt Law,
Mason Mount of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg match between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid
Chelsea will embark on a huge clear-out as the club attempt to rebalance the squad in time for the start of pre-season training during the summer.
Other than needing to balance the books after spending £600 million on new players, Chelsea need to offload as many as 10 players in time for the next permanent head coach to start work in the summer.
Increasing the need to cut the number of players in the first-team squad, which currently stands at 31, is the fact that there are already three guaranteed additions in right-back Malo Gusto and forward Christopher Nkunku. Levi Colwill will also return from his loan at Brighton to compete for a first-team place.
Co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart will take charge of the overhaul. Here, Telegraph Sport’s Matt Law gives his verdict on those with question marks over their futures, who should be kept and who Chelsea should try to sell.
Much improved but not top-class.
Rejected contract offers and lost place.
Big wages and worth another chance.
Needs to play more regularly.
Slipped down pecking order.
Tough first season but will come good.
Plenty of work-rate and promise.
Yet to sign a new deal but so crucial.
Contract running down and age going up.
Is there even a debate?
Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during The FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium
N’Golo Kante’s remains a vital cog in the Chelsea machine – his importance is paramount CREDIT: Getty Images/Robin Jones
Deserves a new challenge.
Still waiting to see him blossom.
Time for Captain America to go.
Nearly left in January and no better since.
Harshly treated at Chelsea.
Season ruined by injury.
Talented, but worth the money?
Verdict: Send back
Largely pointless loan.
Verdict: Send back
A huge headache for Chelsea.
Unlikely to get a chance at Chelsea.
Two good loans in Italy.
Breaking News: Todd Boehly Punishes Chelsea Players for missing out on top four – here are the list of affected players
Chelsea players ‘surprised’ by Todd Boehly’s decision to allow Mykhailo Mudryk and his entourage into the dressing room before Premier League game
Chelsea’s players were ‘taken aback’ by Todd Boehly’s decision to introduce Mykhailo Mudryk and his entourage inside the dressing room before a Premier League game this season, according to reports. Chelsea beat Arsenal to sign Mudryk in an £88.5 million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk in the January transfer window.
The Ukraine international was officially unveiled at Stamford Bridge during the half-time break in Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace on January 15. But according to MailOnline , some of Chelsea’s players and staff were left surprised by Boehly’s decision to interrupt preparations before the game by allowing Mudryk and the winger’s advisors to enter the changing room at Stamford Bridge.
The report also claims that there is ‘growing discontent’ among the Chelsea squad, with many players considering their futures ahead of the summer transfer window. Some of Chelsea’s players are also facing a significant wage reduction as a result of there being no Champions League football next season.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard stressed after Chelsea’s Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid on Tuesday evening that some members of his squad still need time to adjust to English football. ‘There are some players that are maybe quite new here, getting used to the club and that maybe isn’t easy,’ Lampard said.
‘Some of the greatest players in the Premier League , when they first arrive they need sometimes need some time and sometimes they arrive and they’re put in and they find their feet and you see them flying. So maybe there’s a reason with some of our players where they need transitioning but in terms of motivation, you’re playing for Chelsea.
‘There’s individual motivations throughout the squad and there’s a collective. And for me, you have to be competitive with everything we do every day and to get into the team you have to show it. ‘The team today is what I felt was the most form team individually, the fittest team in terms of what this game was going to ask of us and they showed it. They showed they can compete with Real Madrid, for sure, except from the final- third stuff.
‘So I think it’s important to take each step. Each step for me and the players now is a day off tomorrow and back to work on Thursday and get working towards Brentford. ‘People will make a lot about this season for Chelsea because we’ve had so much success and the reality is this club is going to be back. It will take work and a bit of a process.
‘I think the fans appreciated this performance today. Maybe there have been times this season where they haven’t been feeling like that. So we have to latch on to that and pick up good results for the rest of the season and good performances for the rest of the season and then go again next year.’
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The UEFA Champions League is set to resume again and the teams in the competition are set to feature in the midweek games. The midweek games is set to kickstart across various stadiums in Europe.
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The Italian and Real Madrid gaffer Carlo Ancelotti is expected to name a strong lineup for their home encounter against Chelsea.
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The Italian and Real Madrid tactician Carlo Ancelotti could line up his team by using two strong formations this midweek.
The Belgian and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtious is expected to start in between the sticks when they face Chelsea.
The duo of Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba who both featured during their 3 – 2 loss to Villarreal are expected to retain their places in the center-back position.
The duo of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who were both unused sub during their recent league match are set to operate in the full-backs position.
The France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga who made a substitute appearance during their recent league match is set to return back to the starting lineup.
He will be paired alongside Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos in the central-midfield position.
The Brazilian attacker Vinicius Junior is set to operate as the lone attacking midfielder for their first leg encounter against Chelsea.
The duo of Karim Benzema and Rodrygo who both played full 90 minutes during their shock loss to Villarreal are set to lead the line.
Let’s take a look at some possible lineups that could defeat Chelsea;