Chelsea players have agreed to take a 10 per cent pay cut following a WhatsApp discussion led by captain Cesar Azpilicueta that gained swift approval.
Sportsmail revealed on Saturday night how Chelsea’s stars had finally come to an arrangement to trim their wages, although it has yet to be agreed by the club’s hierarchy.
However, talks have been ongoing with managing director Marina Granovskaia and they have remained amicable.
Chelsea players have been discussing their wage cuts over a WhatsApp discussion led by club captain Cesar Azpilicueta
According to the Mirror, Chelsea players swiftly responded to Azpilicueta’s initial message to make a cut and their proposal is set to run into September.
Chelsea players have already made substantial contributions to Jordan Henderson’s NHS campaign and to club charities.
Several captains at other clubs have pointed out to their respective executives that Premier League clubs should not be experiencing cash flow issues at present though the players are well aware that the situation could deteriorate quickly in such an uncertain environment.
Chelsea’s stars are holding amicable talks with the club over taking cuts to their wages
The Chelsea players have come up with the compromise agreement, which is similar to the deal that Arsenal players are negotiating, which will result in a 12.5 per cent cut.
Southampton and West Ham players have already agreed to wage deferrals, while Watford’s stars are set for a 30 per cent wage deferral.
Chelsea have been widely praised through the coronavirus crisis with the club offering free hotel rooms to hospital staff at St Mary’s Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital, as well as free meals to NHS staff and to charities supporting vulnerable people in the community.