Register Login Scores

English Premier League

10 Stars Allowed To Leave EPL Clubs While Season Is Unfinished

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.

Click through the gallery to see the 10 biggest players who will be free agents on 1 July.

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.

Read: Pogba: What My Mother Told Me When I Left Man Utd

What do you think players should do when their contracts ends while the season is still on-going? Have your say in the comment section below.


Top 5

Chiefs Now In Two Minds About Gamildien

69 Jun 15, 2021 09:50 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Players Who Lied About Their Age

42 Jun 04, 2021 07:26 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Player To Make R25M Move

30 Jun 14, 2021 11:28 AM in Siyagobhoza

The 10 Highest-Paid Players Over Past Year, African Superstar Features

Jun 02, 2021 09:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Setlhodi Lashes Out At Hunt For Chiefs Failure

181 Jun 14, 2021 11:52 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

UEFA Respond To Ronaldo's Coke Bottle Incident

12 Jun 19, 2021 01:05 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

8 Soldiers Left Behind As Chiefs Prepare For War

114 Jun 17, 2021 04:38 PM in Soccer 6

Ramos Names Two Clubs He Won't Join After Real Exit

13 Jun 18, 2021 09:26 AM in LaLiga

Pirates Comment On Komphela To Bucs Reports

39 Jun 18, 2021 11:42 AM in Orlando Pirates

Secret Agent Comments On Chiefs Overhaul

33 Jun 17, 2021 02:06 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Another Coach Linked To Bucs Job

38 Jun 14, 2021 10:40 AM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Star Striker’s Future Decided

12 Jun 14, 2021 08:50 AM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

One-Year Turkish Deal For SA Striker?

1 Jun 14, 2021 03:55 PM in Siyagobhoza