Chelsea’s players will not receive a bonus if they win the Europa League according to a report in the Sun.
It is slightly embarrassing for the club to be competing in Europe’s lesser competition, and the players will be offered no financial incentive to win the trophy.
The Blues were crowned champions of Europe less than 12 months ago when they beat Bayern Munich on their own ground in a penalty shootout.
Since then though, the club’s fortunes have took a turn for the worse, particularly in European competition.
Set unwanted record
Earlier in the season, Chelsea set the unfortunate record of becoming the first ever defending champions to fail to progress beyond the group stage of the Champions League.
As a result they dropped into the less glamorous Europa League at the last 32 stage.
But to be fair to Rafa Benitez and his men, they have put their disappointment in the Champions League behind them and taken the Europa League seriously.
Been installed as bookie’s favourites to win
Victories over Sparta Prague, Steaua Bucharest and Rubin Kazan see them arrive at the semi finals as the bookie’s favourites to win the tournament.
They are expected to beat Basel over the two legs and reach the final in Amsterdam.
With this in mind some of the players decided to inquire as to what sort of bonus was on offer for winning the Europa League. Chief Executive, Ron Gourlay told them that there was no offer on the table.
The club can’t reward the players for winning the Europa League, because they are only in it as a result of their failure in the Champions League.
A source at the club said: ““There’s nothing in the players’ contracts about a bonus for the Europa League as no-one expected them to be in it. Now they’re through to the semi-finals, the players decided to ask. They got a quick response — the best way to describe it is short shrift.”