Chelsea to offer seven-year contracts to Reece James, Armando Broja and Mason Mount
According to the Daily Mail (h/t Metro), Chelsea are to offer seven-year contracts to three young stars Reece James, Armando Broja and Mason Mount as owner Todd Boehly wants to introduce a new American-style contract policy at Stamford Bridge.
Boehly wants to keep the best under-25 players at the club and make them sign new contracts up to seven years, something that is typical in US sports. Contracts in England are generally up to five years at the maximum, but Chelsea have changed this by offering six-year deals to new signings Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka.
The structure of the seven-year deals would be divided into two parts – an initial six-year contract with an option to extend it for the seventh year.
Mount (23) has two years left in his current contract, while James (22) and Broja (20) have contracts until 2025 and 2026 respectively. All of the three players have been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during this transfer window.
So, despite the fact that the players have enough time left in their contract, it seems like a sensible idea to extend their stays as soon as possible. Mount and James have already become key cogs of this Chelsea team, while Broja has the potential to do so.
Mount has started this Premier League season very well after scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists in 32 league games last season. Blossoming under Frank Lampard, he has retained that level of importance under Tuchel. His versatility to play in midfield and out on the wings is another boon.
James, on the other hand, inspite of an injury-laden campaign, scored five goals and laid out nine assists in 26 league appearances last season. He has started this one in the same vein, scoring a good goal against Tottenham Hotspur and being solid defensively.
In the age they are in right now, securing their future till the time they are 30-31 will mean the squad will be sorted in certain areas for a number of years to come. The quality is there from the players to deliver the performances on a consistent basis.
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It also stops the insecurity that arises during the final couple of years of a player’s contract. Interest from elsewhere, at such times, can often complicate matters. Tying them down firmly throughout the prime years of their careers, in that regard, is a smart move.
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