Unlike many other players who joined Chelsea this season, two summer signings; Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, are reportedly not at risk of seeing their wages drop if the team does not qualify for the Champions League.

This is arguably a good clause that helps incentivise the players to perform better to secure a top-four finish every season.

According to The Athletic, some Chelsea players will see their wages drop by a minimum of 30 per cent next season considering the club are mathematically out of the top-four race.

The policy of inserting the clause into player contracts is relatively new at Chelsea, however, so this only applies to the majority of the new signings and perhaps those who signed extensions under the new ownership group.

The Athletic claims that Chelsea introduced the policy earlier this season, but only after they had signed Sterling and Koulibaly.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, these two are reportedly among the highest-paid members of the squad.

The wage cut, therefore, does not apply to the pair and those who are still on the previous contracts signed under the previous owner.

A source told the Athletic the fact that there is a group that will have to pay the price financially for the bad results this season, while others do not, has not helped with the harmony in the dressing room.

This has always been the risk that the club must face, but in the long term, when the clause will likely be the norm, this should not be this big a problem.

However, this policy could make Chelsea less attractive as a destination for top players, too.

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The competition for Champions League spots in the Premier League is only getting more fierce, with Newcastle United entering the frame, and it increases the possibility that Chelsea may miss out going forward.