Chelsea players ‘contact lawyers’ over potential departures if financial problems worsen
Not a good week at Stamford Bridge
Recent developments at Chelsea have prompted some of their players to explore potential exits from the club, according to a report.
Although Roman Abramovich confirmed his intention to sell the Premier League club earlier in the week, Chelsea’s financial future has been thrown into uncertainty following news that their outgoing owner has had his assets frozen in the under the sanctions imposed by the British government.
The 55-year-old was one of seven Russian oligarchs to be sanctioned on Thursday as the government stepped up its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As a result, Chelsea are prohibited from offering contracts, buying players and even sale of tickets and merchandise. They have also been told that front shirt sponsors Three have suspended their deal with the club.
Now, according to The telegraphagents representing some club players have asked lawyers about their clients’ options if the measures lead to delayed salary payments in the weeks and months ahead.
Rival clubs are believed to be watching developments at Stamford Bridge closely, with some eyeing the possibility of signing players on the cheap.
While the report says a sense of unity has been evident among Chelsea players throughout the turmoil of the past few days, it also adds that the officers involved have sought clarification regarding the players’ rights to ‘use.
On the pitch, Chelsea beat Norwich 3-1 at Carrow Road on Thursday night, where some of their supporters defied calls to stop chanting Abramovich’s name.
Some Chelsea fans present for their trip to Burnley last weekend were condemned for showing their support for Abramovich during the planned Ukraine show of support which took place before kick-off.