Chelsea have chosen to increase Enzo Fernandez’s contract barely three months after he joined the membership, in accordance with sources in his house Argentina.
The 22-year-old got here to Stamford Bridge on deadline day in a Premier League report £107million signing from Benfica.
As with most of Chelsea’s signings below their new possession, Fernandez wrote an eight-and-a-half yr contract till 2031 with the membership amortising the switch payment over the time period of the contract to get round Monetary Honest Play restrictions.
Chelsea added an choice to increase the World Cup winner’s contract by an additional yr – which, in accordance with dependable TyC Sports activities author Cesar Luis Merlo, they’ve already exercised.
The transfer will preserve Fernandez at Stamford Bridge till June 2032, making it the longest contractual dedication in world soccer.
Chelsea might have opted to set off the extension now earlier than UEFA amend the laws over contracts to take away the loophole the west London membership’s new house owners have been exploiting.
European soccer’s governing physique are considered in search of to set a five-year cap on contracts, stopping golf equipment from spreading out the value of transfers over such huge quantities of time.
Within the occasion of Fernandez, for instance, his switch payment stretched out over the interval of nine-and-a-half seasons would work out at about £11m per season – which is much more cheap sum.
UEFA’s judgement is more likely to come into power earlier than the summer time switch window, thus Chelsea might elect to set off the same clause with different gamers on prolonged offers comparable to Mykhailo Mudryk and Benoit Badiashile.
Fernandez has impressed drastically since becoming a member of Chelsea regardless of the group’s troubles and interim boss Frank Lampard feels the Argentine can step up and develop into an actual chief for the membership.
‘Enzo is changing into a pacesetter, however he’s 22, I imagine it’s fairly robust for us to speak about that, he’ll have to seek out his method,’ said the caretaker coach previous to assembly Actual Madrid within the Champions League.
‘Video games like [the quarter-final first-leg game at the Bernabeu] are a terrific likelihood to carry out and show the character that makes you a correct chief.’
Responding to his supervisor’s feedback, Fernandez stated: ‘I at all times aspire to be a pacesetter as a result of once I began, I at all times needed to be an instance. To be characterised like that so younger makes me extremely proud. I at all times do my finest and intention to be an instance for everybody.’