The football world is facing an unprecedented scenario in which not one person knows when it will come back to any form of normality.
With a place-holder date of early April for football to restart looking all-but impossible, the reality could be that the Premier League and all other European leagues don’t find a way to play the remaining games of domestic seasons until the second half of the year.
The question will be asked as to what happens to the players who are set to be out of contract on June 30th? Those players will be free to leave and find new clubs, despite the likelihood that clubs such as Chelsea still have fixtures to fulfil from the current season.
Those players out of contract at Chelsea are Olivier Giroud, Willy Caballero, Pedro, Willian and Marco van Ginkel. Arguably three of the five are starters in Frank Lampard’s current line-up, with all players (besides Marco van Ginkel) being used in the last few gameweeks for the Blues.
Should no new rules be implemented, then all five players will leave Chelsea in June, leaving the club light on players to conclude the final nine league games, as well as Champions League and FA Cup fixtures.
Olivier Giroud has become the starting striker for Chelsea and has impressed leading the line, while Willian and Pedro also started the last 4-0 win over Everton – all three players scored in the victory.
It’s worth noting that as of right now, nothing is set in stone, and the contract situation is just based on the existing scenario.