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Willian, Jan Vertonghe, other stars set to play on as EPL makes decision on expiring contracts

Thursday, 14 May 2020


The Premier League has decided that contracts expiring on June 30 can be extended until the end of the 2019/20 season.

It was feared a number of stars, including the likes of Chelsea’s Willian and Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen, would be unable to complete the campaign due to the termination of their current deals.

The season is set to run deep into July, with football in England not resuming until June 19 at the earliest, as things stand.

However, top-flight officials have agreed to let clubs enter short-term agreements, which would eradicate the problem for the time being.

According to ESPN, a mutual agreement must be reached by June 23 to extend deals, which can then run for as long as required to conclude the ongoing campaign.

The Premier League said in a statement: “At Monday’s Shareholders’ meeting, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to be allowed to enter into short-term contract extensions with players whose deals are due to expire on 30 June of this year.

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“As the UK government indicated on Monday its willingness for live sport to return behind closed doors from June 1, the Premier League is exploring paths to resuming the 2019/20 season after this date.

“Clubs were concerned over expiring player contracts and registration issues posed by the potential of the 2019/20 season extending beyond 30 June.

“So, it was agreed by all shareholders that clubs and players can mutually agree to extend their contracts beyond 30 June until the end of the season.”

The Premier League chief executive Ricard Masters added: “What we decided today is to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign.

“Players can extend their contracts beyond 30 June until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties.”

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