Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to end the league season with the same squad at his disposal as he had before the suspension of the Premier League.
To that end, he is hoping that those players whose current deals at Stamford Bridge expire on 30th June will agree to sign short term extensions to see them through to the end of the season – whenever that may be.
With hundreds of players across the globe in a similar position, last month FIFA recommended that such extensions should be adopted in all cases, but that is just one of the options on the table.
The two players that particularly concern Lampard are Brazilian winger Willian and striker Olivier Giraud. The latter has indicated that he may stay at the club anyway, but Willian will definitely leave after talks over a new contract broke down completely.
Speaking about the pair, Lampard told the Chelsea website “Hopefully we can have that arrangement so they can stay with us because if we play again I would love the squad to look as it’s looked all season, but we’ll have to see how that works.”
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