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Chelsea set for 20 major decisions that could see Graham Potter’s squad overhauled

Since taking over the club Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have formed a new Blues hierarchy and started to shape the future direction of the club. That has included hiring the likes of Lawrence Stewart, Joe Shields, Paul Winstanley and Christopher Vivell, as well as investing £600million in playing staff.

What has been notable from that financial investment is Chelsea’s determination to tie players down to long-term deals. Benoit Badiashile, Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke and Enzo Fernandez all have contracts until 2030 or later while the only new signings to have deals that expire before 2028 are Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

That ambition has been targeted for current players too with Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Armando Broja all signing deals until 2028 since the new owners arrived. It has also proved a stumbling in negotiations with Mason Mount, whose deal is set to expire in 2024.

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Chelsea’s hierarchy is hoping to avoid such stand-offs moving forward, by not allowing players’ deals to reach their final two years. However, that philosophy leaves the west London side with a vast array of decisions to make in the summer – for the first team and beyond.

N’Golo Kante’s deal is set to expire in the coming months, though it appears the Frenchman will extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, while loan deals for Denis Zakaria and Joao Felix will also end. To implement their plan for the future, Chelsea will have to come together with players to decide whether the future lies at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere, or otherwise risk players leaving for free.

Contracts expiring in 2024

Mason Mount – The most documented Chelsea contract situation currently, with neither side being in a particular position of strength following poor seasons. The pressure will be on to resolve disputes ahead of the summer.


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