Premier League footballers who have contracts ending in June are allowed to walk out on their clubs even if the current season has not concluded, which could affect Manchester City, Chelsea and a South African-born midfielder.
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FIFA previously announced that contracts expiring on June 30 will be allowed to be extended if the season does finish late due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Expiring player contracts usually end when the season ends, with a termination date that coincides with the end of the season. With the current suspension of play in most countries, it is now obvious that the current season will not end when people thought it would…," FIFA's statement read.
“Therefore, it is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end. This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability.”
Sky Sports News had a leading sports lawyer, who revealed that players can ignore FIFA's latest proposal and leave their club on July 1, regardless if the season has been completed or not due to the employment law in the United Kingdom.
As a result, some Premier League clubs could find themselves in a pickle if players decide to part ways while the season is still to be completed, most notably Chelsea who have Olivier Giroud, Willian, Pedro and goalkeeper Willy Caballero out of contract this year. Although, Willian has already confirmed he would play for the club beyond his contract if the season does finish late.
Manchester City also have two players in the final months of their deals, with veterans David Silva and Claudio Bravo expected to leave although they could still play for the club if the season finishes late.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Norwich City are the only clubs who will not have players with contracts ending on June 30, although the Red Devils could risk losing Odion Ighalo if his loan deal is not extended.
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