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Chelsea Will Pay Players Full Salary Despite Coronavirus Outbreak (Full Story)

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Chelsea say first-team players “will not be contributing towards the club financially” following discussions amid the coronavirus crisis, but have been asked to support charities instead.

Earlier this month, Sky Sports News reported that Chelsea’s players were in talks about taking a 10 per cent pay cut as part of their response to the outbreak, with director Marina Granovskaia holding discussions with captain Cesar Azpilicueta over the issue.

It is understood that an agreement has not been reached yet but the talks have been amicable and constructive and there has been no falling out. The talks will continue but it is a complicated situation because different players are on different contracts.

While talks about a wage cut continue, the club have encouraged players to carry on with their own charity work and they are happy to do so.

A club statement on Saturday indicated that the players will not be taking a salary reduction at this time, with Chelsea saying they had instead been asked to support “other charitable causes”, while also confirming that the Blues will not be using the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

“Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis,” the statement said.

“The objective of these talks has been to find a meaningful partnership around ensuring we preserve jobs for staff, compensate fans and participate in activities for good causes.

“We are grateful to the team for having played their role in assisting the club with community activities as well as all the charitable causes they have been supporting in their respective home countries and through the Players Together initiative supporting the NHS.

“At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes. As this crisis develops the club will continue to have conversations with the men’s first team regarding financial contributions to the club’s activities.”

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