It is cheaper to keep players within the ranks than trying to bring in new stars. That is one message that Chelsea are heeding. The Blues are currently on fire, with virtually all their players showing why they deserve minutes on the pitch.
Thomas Tuchel has a beautiful headache on his hands. All around the team, Tuchel has players he can depend on when needed. His only problem is keeping them happy.
Major clubs do all within their power to ensure that the attitude and mood in the team are perfect for optimal performance.
At Chelsea, money isn’t the issue. With several of their players approaching the end of their contracts, it is easy to see why they are moving mountains to extend their contracts.
Three stars on the verge of contract renewals
Chelsea remain keen to keep some of its players happy and are reportedly looking to commit them to new contracts.
Ngolo Kante, Jorginho and Mason Mount have made their mark on the team, and the club wants to reward them with improved contracts in a matter of months. The three players are part of a midfield that dominated Europe last season. They helped Chelsea waltz their way to the Champions League and finished in the top four in England.
After conquering Europe and taking the league by storm this season, The London club has put its name on the roster as the team to beat. Tuchel has got the team playing like a well-oiled machine, which is bad news for others.
Rudiger and Christensen deals more pressing
Kante, Jorginho and Mount are vital to Tuchel, who wants to move quickly to keep them in the team longer, but what might amount to more pressing matters is the curious case of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
The Evening Standard reports that the club is involved in negotiations to commit both defenders to improved deals. Once that is done, the focus will return to the midfield trio.
The Dane is a more straightforward case as he closes in on a new deal that will see him take home £120,000 per week.
Rudiger is a more complicated case as he is in the final year of his contract, with clubs like Real Madrid and PSG believed to be sniffing around. If Chelsea fails to tie him to a new contract before the year runs out, the player will be free to talk to other clubs in January.
The German wants a take-home of around £200,000 a week even as talks have slowed down recently.
Tuchel wants a solution to the problem quickly to maintain a balance in his team.
Kante and Jorginho have a contract that runs till 2023, which gives Chelsea some breathing space. However, the Frenchman has a rather uncertain future at the club, with reports claiming he could depart the club next summer.