Chelsea want to clear up the contract uncertainty regarding Antonio Rudiger before they move on to rewarding other members of the squad.
This is according to the Evening Standard, which claims the Blues will only offer new terms once Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s deals are completed.
There’s a growing sense Christensen will commit his allegiance to the Champions League holders.
The Dane’s renaissance under Thomas Tuchel has earned him such a personal prize as he has become a key member of the team.
On the other hand, Rudiger’s situation is certainly not crystal clear.
It seems talks over extending the 28-year-old’s stay beyond the summer have stalled.
If his position isn’t cleared up before January, rival clubs will be able to tempt him to sign a pre-contract agreement for next season.
Paris-Saint Germain and Juventus are waiting eagerly for an announcement, with Bayern Munich also lurking in the shadows.
Until Chelsea can convince Rudiger to remain for a while longer, they must hold off on handing out additional presents.
Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are next on the priority list in terms of planning for the future.
Kante and Jorginho’s deals both run out in 2023 but Chelsea would like to avoid another Rudiger scenario if possible.
Organising Mount’s furniture is less pressing as it’s highly unlikely his head will be turned by another suitor.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva’s contracts are also on their last legs, although there appears to be no rush in their race either.