FIFA have recommended that clubs extend player contracts which are set to expire on 30 June until the end of the season according to reports by Sky Sports sources.

The English Premier League is currently suspended until the season is safe to continue once the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic has receded.

The competition is not expected to restart until at least May therefore the remaining fixtures may not be completed until July.

Chelsea currently have five first team players on their books who are set to go out of contract on 30 June, those being Willy Caballero, Marco van Ginkel, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud. Should those players not have their contracts extended for next season, it is understood that world football’s governing body FIFA will encourage Chelsea to come to an agreement to extend those expiring deals until the current season officially comes to an end.

A much-changed end to the season could also impact incoming transfer business. It is believed that FIFA’s recommendation is that new player contracts should commence from the start of next season. The opening of the summer transfer window is set to move from 1 July with new start and end dates expected to be announced in due course.