Chelsea players agent rages at clubs transfer ban and says client is "trapped"

The agent of a Chelsea player affected by the club's transfer ban has reportedly claimed his client is "trapped" as a result of sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich.

The Blues have been hit with a host of severe restrictions after Abramovich had his UK assets frozen by the government as part of the response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Under the new sanctions, Abramovich will not be allowed to sell the club at the current time, while the Chelsea are also banned from signing players, agreeing new contracts and selling tickets to fans.

The club are also unable to sell players – something that has prompted an angry response from the agent of one of the club's players.

According to Get French Football News, the agent of a French-speaking player texted the account and said: "How can they ban the club from selling players?

"Surely there are employment law implications for players who were due to leave now essentially being trapped?"

The reality of Chelsea's potential future has created a nightmare for boss Thomas Tuchel, who could see a number of his key players leave the club for free in the summer.

Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are all out of contract in the summer and cannot be handed new deals under the new sanctions.

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Despite the huge repercussions for Blues following the dramatic announcement on Thursday morning, they will still be able to fulfil their fixtures after the government issued them with a special license.

Tuchel's side are currently involved in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, where they will be expecting to make it through to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Whether fans will be allowed into Stamford Bridge for any potential last-eight tie remains unclear.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries issued an update on the situation on Twitter.

She said: "To ensure the club can continue to compete and operate we are issuing a special licence that will allow fixtures to be fulfilled, staff to be paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches while, crucially, depriving Abramovich of benefiting from his ownership of the club

"I know this brings some uncertainty, but the Government will work with the league and clubs to keep football being played while ensuring sanctions hit those intended. Football clubs are cultural assets and the bedrock of our communities. We're committed to protecting them."
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