FIFA have released a statement regarding players’ contracts and transfers amid the global crisis which would impact Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech summer move to Chelsea.
The football governing body proposed a plan so that those who are running out of contract this summer such as Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud to extend their contracts until this season is completed.
“This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability,” the statement read.
The FIFA statement also mentioned summer signings which have been agreed prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
FIFA stated: “A similar principle applies to contracts due to begin when the new season starts, meaning the entry into force of such contracts is delayed until the next season actually does start.”
It answers the questions surrounding Ziyech’s transfer to Chelsea.
Previously, Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar said there would be a possibility of a similar situation where Ziyech stays at Ajax until the Eredivisie is finally wrapped up.
Ajax currently top the Dutch top division, but only on a goal difference as the second-placed AZ Alkmaar have also picked up 56 points from 25 games this season.
It would be a massive blow for Ajax if they lose one of their best players during such a tight title race.
Similar to Ajax, Chelsea also have nine games remaining in the Premier League this season. Frank Lampard’s men are still in the battle for the top four finish.
The statement from FIFA would help Chelsea to keep some veteran players like Willian, Pedro, Oliver Giroud and Willy Caballero in the squad, at least until the season is completed.