Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has turned down a new contract at the club, according to The Mirror. The Blues’ top goalscorer reportedly wants parity with the club’s highest earners in order to agree a new deal.
Abraham has been locked in negotiations over a new deal throughout the season, but talks have hit a setback.
This isn’t the first time talks have stalled this season, as he previously walked away from the table back in December.
On that occasion, Abraham was said to have demanded the same pay as Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is the club’s highest earner.
The winger signed a new deal worth £180,000-per-week at the start of the season, and it is said that Abraham wants equal pay in order to extend his stay.
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Abraham’s contract currently runs until the summer of 2022, so there doesn’t seem to be any rush to get the deal over the line.
Chelsea’s January transfer window was dominated by speculation over strikers, with the club desperate to bring in a new forward.
The Blues eventually ended up failing to bring in any new faces, and instead they have been forced to play Olivier Giroud up top with Abraham still recovering from injury.
The youngster has been on fire this season, having scored 13 goals in 25 Premier League games.
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He has also missed a string of games, and has barely featured recently as a result of an ankle problem.
Abraham played only 20 minutes against Tottenham, and missed out against Manchester United and Bournemouth.
He came off the bench against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but was unable to make an impact in the 3-0 defeat.
When he hasn’t played, Chelsea haven’t looked as convincing going forward, as they failed to find the net against United or Munich.
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Earlier this season, Lampard insisted he wanted to get Abraham’s new deal over the line as soon as possible.
After a brilliant start to the campaign, he told club chiefs to give both Abraham and Fikayo Tomori new deals.
“The club know I love the players, I brought them into the team this season,” he said of the young pair.
“They are doing particularly well but I leave those conversations to the club to discuss contracts. But, of course, I want them to be here for a long time. That’s the conversation for me and the club I suppose.
“I made it clear that they are playing very well and I want them to stay.”
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