Premier League says player contracts expiring June 30 can be extended

Premier league Players whose contracts expire June 30 will be able to sign short-term extensions until the end of the season, Chief Executive Richard Masters said Thursday.

The Premier league campaign usually ends in May but, with professional soccer in England suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to extend into June and July with nine rounds of matches remaining.

The league is in talks to restart the season next month after the government opened the door on Thursday for professional soccer to resume.

The clubs unanimously agreed to sign contract extensions as long as the players are also on board.

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"What we decided today is to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign," the Premier league 's Masters said in a statement.

Players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season, but both parties must agree.

The Premier league said clubs and players will have until June 23 to mutually agree contract extensions.

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