Date: 20th March 2020 at 11:18am
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One aspect of the enforced Premier League shutdown that people may not be aware of relates to player contracts.

Before the COVID-19 virus saw an enforced shutdown, the rules stipulated that any football season must be completed by 01-June.

Clearly, with a resumption of fixtures not likely to occur until 30-April at the earliest, completing the season before 01-June isn’t going to happen.

This fact has been recognised by the Football Association who have stipulated that this date will be ignored to, somewhere down the line, complete the season.

But, returning to players contracts, the 01-June date plays a key role with it being the date players contracts usually expire.

One typical example being that of Willian with the 31-year-old Brazilian forward becoming a free agent on 01-June.

However, according to The Daily Star, Willian has stepped forward and pledged that he will be available to play for the club until the season ends even if he’s out of contract.

It’s a noble gesture but one we have to congratulate the Brazilian on.

Let’s hope nothing untoward happens to Willian if he is to leave the club and he plays on after his contract has expired.

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