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Chelsea pause Tammy Abraham contract extension talks till end of season — report

Assessing the situation

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Tammy Abraham was reported to have been holding off on contract extension talks with Chelsea for the time being, after seeing his playing time reduced under Thomas Tuchel’s reign, with a host of other clubs said to be interested in the 23-year-old’s services. Tammy, who is currently out of action with an ankle injury, will see his Chelsea contract expire in two years’ time in 2023 after a one-year extension was automatically triggered on his existing deal last July.

Chelsea were said to be attempting to reach an agreement with Abraham’s camp regarding a longer extension to his current deal, but according to ESPN, they have now put all talks on hold with the club assessing the situation. Tammy’s automatic contract extension in the summer reduced the urgency to get the player signed to a new deal, with both parties now likely to wait until the end of the season before reviewing the situation. (Chelsea appear to be using the ‘Decide’ category from the Eisenhower Decision Matrix for this task.)

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix

Chelsea’s continuous links with a big-name striker target, but it’s worth noting that negotiations have been ongoing since last season, when Tammy was a default starter, and yet an agreement hasn’t been reached. One sticking point in the discussions is said to be Tammy’s wage demands, with the England international currently earning a little over £50,000-a-week, and the Blues reluctant to give him a six-figure salary.

With Olivier Giroud’s contract with Chelsea up in the summer, the Blues will likely make attempts to hold on to at least one of the two centre forwards currently in the squad, with preference possibly to be given to Tammy due to his age. However, everything will depend on how Tuchel utilizes the Chelsea academy product once he returns from injury after the upcoming international break.

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