Tottenham will hold out on further talks to cut or defer player wages until they have a better idea of what will happen to the Premier League season, according to reports.
The top flight has been suspended since early March after mouting fears around the deadly virus, but Spurs recently returned to their Hotspur Way training facility as players began their preparations in isolation.
For now though, clubs are set to struggle during the shutdown without vital matchday venue, sponsorships and other deals, and a number of Premier League sides, including London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, have held discussions with stars over their salaries to help ease the financial burden. Meanwhile, players at Southampton, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have taken deferrals.
Daniel Levy is set to hold off on further wage talks with Spurs stars until the situation is clearer
But while Spurs have spoken with first team stars about the situation, they have no present plans to return to the table until they know more about the fate of the campaign, according to the Athletic.
Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy is keen to watch on and see what moves other clubs make before acting himself, the report claims. It adds that the situation is ‘complicated’ by the squad’s ‘frustration’ with the hierarchy for their initial decision to furlough 40 per cent of their non-playing staff.
Spurs eventually reversed that call after pressure from fans and its official supporters’ group and they are now seeking to protect the future of the club in these uncertain times – while also grappling with repayments for their £1billion stadium built last year.
The club are believed to have suggested 30 per cent wage cuts to the first team squad
Spurs are looking to protect the future of the club in the crisis after building a £1bn stadium
At the moment both the club and players feel there are ‘too many unknowns’ to be reviewing wages, the report says, with the main issue being that Spurs are unable to work out how much they are set to lose during coronavirus shutdown.
This, therefore, will make negotiations difficult when they cannot dictate what cuts are needed. The club had been looking ahead to revenue from the now-postponed Anthony Joshua fight against Kubrat Pulev at their ground, as well as NFL games and music concerts.
It is believed the club had suggested wage cuts of 30 per cent to the squad after reversing the furlough decision in the middle of this month. Staff at the club, including Levy, will take a 20 per cent cut to their salaries.
There are plans to resume the Premier League season in June, with officials in talks with the Government over a return to action behind closed doors, and Spurs want to wait for any further talks with their players until this happens and the situation becomes much clearer.