According to the BBC, the Telegraph and several other sources, Chelsea have chosen to extend the contract of veteran goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero by activating a club-option in his current contract for an additional one year. Caballero’s contract now will expire in June 2021.
So this sounds like a full-term extension, and not just a temporary one that will be allowed if and when the season stretches past June 30. Caballero was one of four players whose contracts were set to expire this summer — Willian, Pedro, and Olivier Giroud’s futures remain unsorted. (The latter was reportedly extended as well last month, but hose rumors have proven unsubstantiated so far.)
Caballero has been an excellent backup for Chelsea since his arrival in 2017, playing mostly in Cup matches. This season he’s had to step up even more when called upon due to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s poor form. He’s even made four Premier League starts, nearly doubling his Chelsea career total, and was the starting goalkeeper in our last Champions League match as well.
Already the league’s oldest player at 38 years old, Willy brings unparalleled wisdom, guidance, and still solid skills to the table. Whether Chelsea sign a new goalkeeper this summer or not, he will be a helpful and guiding presence on and off the training ground.