Chelsea have extended the contract of Enzo Fernandez with one year, TyCSports reports. The Argentinian was signed by Chelsea in January this year and was already given a long-term contract until the summer of 2031. After only twelve matches the London based club has seen enough and they have decided to activate a one-year extension in the midfielder’s contract until mid-2023.
Fernandez became the most expensive player ever in the Premier League after Chelsea agreed a 121 million transfer fee with his former club Benfica. Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge the midfielder, who won the World Cup with Argentinia in November, he has stepped into the team under Graham Potter and later on caretaker Frank Lampard. Fernández made thirteen appearances in all competitions, in which he delivered two assists. Only twice was he taken to the side shortly before time.
In the report it has not been made clear if Fernandez has also earned himself a wage hike with his new contract. He was already one of the highest paid players at Chelsea and the Premier League. Manchester City players Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland top the top earners list with 450.000 and 500.000 per-week. Fernandez is currently earning around 160.000-a-week and that puts him into tenth place of the top earners in the Engelish league.
After Chelsea’s 2-0 loss away at Real Madrid in the quarter final of the Champions League, Fernandez spoke about his move to the English giants. “I was immediately touched by the long-term project of the club. I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. Chelsea have already shown interest in me before the World Cup. I’m joining a great team, which always wants titles fought and won two Champions Leagues in a very short time. Now that I’m here I realize how big this club is.”