Attention at Chelsea soon must turn to extending the contracts of key players, or else Todd Boehly will find himself desperately trying to recruit new signings, again. Key assets leaving as free agents or for less than their market value has caused the Blues significant issues this summer, and that predicament could become a theme in the coming seasons.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have opened talks with Edouard Mendy over a new contract – with his current deal expiring in 2025. The Senegal international has been the first name on the teamsheet since he joined the club from Rennes, though extension negotiations are far from fast-paced.
It is reported that following initial conversations, it has already become apparent that there is ‘significant distance’ between the starting positions of Chelsea and Mendy’s representatives. The Blues certainly have time on their side with negotiations, but the shot-stopper has been integral for Thomas Tuchel and tying him down on a bumper, long-term deal is the ideal safety net to preserve his status at the club and his valuation.
One player whose contract expiry is edging closer is Mason Mount, who is waiting for a new deal. It was reported by The Athletic in July that the England international is happy at his boyhood club and was awaiting negotiations to open.
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Pulisic made 22 league appearances for the Blues last season, starting 13 games, and often found himself as a rotational option rather than one of the team’s most important assets. And with his contract also expiring in 2024, it will be important for Boehly to wrap up a new deal for the American in the next 12 months.
Midfield pair N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are the two players that are likely to be seen by Tuchel as the priority to open negotiations with though as they are both out of contract in 2023. Thiago Silva is also set to become a free agent next year and, despite being 37, could be a significant loss whilst the team are still in the heart of a defensive crisis.