Chelsea players will not receive a wage decrease should the west London outfit fail to achieve Champions League football next season, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Blues are one of few in the Premier League to have not implemented clauses in their players' contracts regarding the prospect of missing out on Europe's elite competition.
It's believed last season's English champions could lose out on some £40 million as a result and following a dire first half of the season, especially by Chelsea's standards, the top four appears out of their reach.
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Losing out on such finances will come as a greater blow given that, following their league and cup double last year, the Blues had the highest wage bill after rewarding their players with bonuses.
However, whilst wages will not be affected by a lack of Champions League football, it's believed Chelsea's squad might.
With Ramires already having departed for China this month and John Terry set to leave at the end of the season, a variety of big names could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Loic Remy, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Gary Cahill have all been linked with moves away over the past year, all of which could come to fruition if Europe isn't secured.
There is hope yet, though. Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has managed to reinvigorate the Premier League champions following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, with Alexandre Pato's recent loan signing only but boosting their chances of finishing in the top four.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Dutchman remained cool on Chelsea's chances of a Champions League place following his side's 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.
He said: "If we stay unbeaten it's a positive step but it's a big gap, the team knows it's a big gap but I always want to see the ambition of the team."
The Blues are 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, but after extending their unbeaten streak in the league to nine against the Gunners, it would be impossible to rule out Hiddink's side.
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