Newcastle & Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech reveal problems with extending June 30 contract end dates

UEFA meeting on Wednesday

On Wednesday, UEFA will hold a video conference call to work on how football will react to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Two issues are at the top of UEFA’s talking points.

Firstly, can the 2019-20 domestic leagues, the Champions League and Europa League competitions finish?

Secondly, if leagues are to continue, what should FIFA do about players with contracts that expire on June 30, 2020?


How many players have contracts expiring on June 30?

According to ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti, “at least 500 players” from the top five leagues in Europe are set to have their current contracts end on June 30:

More than one out of five players in Europe’s Big Five leagues — English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 — would, legally, disappear from club rosters come July 1 when their contracts expire or when their loan deals come to an end.

Breaking down the split between future free agents and loanees, ESPN report that 270 players are approaching the end of their present deals, while all the remaining players are on loan.

Moreover, ESPN provide a breakdown on which leagues are most affected:

La Liga would lose 24.6% of their players, Serie A 26%. In the Premier League it’s less, 12.9% of players are affected.

Newcastle United could lose 9 players

If FIFA fail to act on the impact of the June 30 contract deadline, Newcastle United could be in major trouble.

Newcastle have 9 players on contracts that are up on June 30.

Those players include Andy Carroll, Danny Rose, Jetro Willems, Nabil Bentaleb and Matty Longstaff.

It’s worth noting that Newcastle aren’t the most vulnerable team in Europe.

Leganes, in Spain, have 14 players facing the June 30 cut-off, while Italian club SPAL have 17 players affected.


Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech faces problems if June 30 contracts are extended

On the other hand, if FIFA do agree that contracts ending on June 30, 2020 need to be extended, that will adversely affect others like Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.

Ajax’s Ziyech agreed a move to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.

Back in February, the winger signed a 5-year contract with Chelsea.


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But will Chelsea’s £37 million signing be in west London on July 1?

Gabriele Marcotti summed up the problems for Chelsea’s newest addition:

Take Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, for example. He signed a contract to become a Chelsea player on July 1.

Now, that date could be much later, which presumably would cost him money (since he got a raise from his Ajax deal when he signed for Chelsea) and also expose him to the risk of injury if he continues to play for Ajax.


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This article was edited by Ben Green.