Chelsea stars want pay deferrals rather than wage cuts with talks ongoing
Chelsea players want to discuss deferrals rather than cuts in their coronavirus pay negotiations.
The club have insisted that discussions are ongoing, they are still hoping to reach agreement despite extensive talks between the hierarchy and captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea sources suggest the offer from the players was not as much as taking a ten per cent pay cut while it is understood the squad are willing to discuss deferrals.
Chelsea praised their players for their role in raising funds for the Players Together charity for the NHS while owner Roman Abramovich has masterminded a string of initiatives from the club including making their hotel available to essential workers and donations.
Arsenal remain the only club to have agreed a pay cut with their players and the Professional Footballers’ Association is still advising players to push for deferrals rather than cuts.
Chelsea say discussions remain amicable, there has been no fall out but it is believed the players want to see the full extent of the coronavirus before committing themselves.
Other clubs have put forward pay deferrals for three months while the Premier League agreed with the PFA that there should be a maximum 30 per cent agreement for all players.
West Ham, Sheffield United, Watford, Southampton and Aston Villa have all agreed deferrals while other clubs – including Chelsea – remain in talks over reductions.
Unlike Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, Blues chief Frank Lampard has kept himself apart from the situation, wanting to remain neutral in talks between his players and the club.
Players are giving money to charities and causes battling coronavirus independently, while also assisting the club’s community programmes and supporting the NHS through the Players’ Together programme.
Chelsea also confirmed that they will not be taking advantage of the Government’s current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which runs until June 30.
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