Chelsea are working on a number of contracts ahead of the end of the season as they look to tie down players to avoid deals running down.
The Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership have started to shift their contract strategy and plan to longer term deal to offer players more security, with January arrivals penning deals of around seven-and-a-half years with options to extend.
He told ESPN Brasil last week: “We are talking about it, everything will probably happen in the next few days.
“My intention, and that of the club as well, is to stay together. I know that the club needs me right now. I am here to be able to help, they are young players, anyway.
“I know that, with my experience, I can help in this process of rebuilding the club, I’m here for that, willing to do this, however, I know that my responsibility is very great.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea are trying to extend N’Golo Kante‘s contract. He is out of contract at the end of the season and talks remain ongoing over a new deal.
However, Nizaar Kinsella reports talks with the 31-year-old are stalling due to Kante’s demands. Despite being out injured for almost all of the season so far, he is ‘reluctant to accept a two-year contract with an option for an extra year’, with the Frenchman wanting a three-plus-one deal.
Meanwhile, Mason Mount is also the subject of talks over a new deal in west London. Discussions were put on hold until after the World Cup with Boehly keen to keep the Chelsea academy graduate at the club.
Boehly is personally handling Mount’s future, however ‘little progress’ has been made over his proposed seven-year contract.
Mount is hoping to have an increase in salary from his current £70,000-a-week deal, earning closer to what his friends in the England side earn.
Chelsea haven’t met those terms and have pointed to the fact the new January signings have been offered longer term deals to secure them financially.
Whether or not the two parties will come to an agreement soon remains unclear. Liverpool and other ‘big six’ clubs in the Premier League are reportedly monitoring his situation and could make a move if Chelsea opt to listen to offers for the midfielder.
The report closes out with suggestions that Mateo Kovacic and Conor Gallagher are yet to enter contract talks with the Blues, with both of their futures uncertain.
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