Chelsea centre-back and youth player Andreas Christensen, currently 18-years-old and with no first-team appearances to his name, is reported to be on a salary of £20,000-a-week.
Wednesday’s story, reported in the Daily Mail, has been met with widespread condemnation and bewilderment at how a player still in the early stages of his career can be earning around £1million a year.
With the likes of Gary Cahill, John Terry and David Luiz all ahead of him in the pecking order, there seems little incentive for the youngster to depart Stamford Bridge and develop as a player with his finances already in such good shape.
He has potential, recognised when Rafael Benitez named him amongst the substitutes on the last day of last season, but Chelsea’s willingness to be so active in the transfer market and inability to promote young players to the senior team means he stands little chance of making the cut.
Kurt Zouma was recruited in January and will pose another threat, whilst John Stones of Everton is another reported target for Jose Mourinho.
There is a greed amongst the younger players in the modern day, preferring to prioritise higher wages above regular football.
Ravel Morrison demanded £30,000 a week to remain a Manchester United player in 2012, and when Sir Alex Ferguson refused to bow to his demands the troubled youngster joined West Ham United instead.
Luke Shaw, in spite of his tender years, is being reported to be demanding around £75,000 a week to join either Chelsea or Manchester United despite committing to Southampton just last year.
Adnan Januzaj’s case at United is slightly different, with his £30,000-a-week wage justified by his already central role at the club.
The wages for young players will continue to grow as the commercialism around the sport magnifies.
Only a salary cap can save our future generation now.
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