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Charlton director reveals discussions with out-of-contract players



Charlton Athletic director Marian Milhail has revealed that manager Lee Bowyer and director of football Steve Gallen have had discussions with a number of out-of-contract players about offering them a new deal.

It has been a difficult few months for the Addicks, who have seen an ugly boardroom dispute play out publicly between majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer and ex-chairman Matt Southall.

The EFL are investigating the recent takeover of Charlton, led by Nimer, over misconduct, which has cast uncertainty over the short-term future of the club.

Charlton also have a number of decisions to make concerning personnel as, according to Transfermarkt, there are 10 players whose current deals are set to expire this summer, while there are six players with loan deals that run out at the end of May.

Speaking in a Q&A on the club website, Milhail suggested there would be money available to extend player contracts and revealed preliminary discussions have been had.

He said: “All of football is having a difficult time planning for the short-term and longer-term future, with question marks around revenue streams and how football will return.

“However, I’ve spoken with our Director of Football Steve Gallen and we are confident that we will be able to keep a lot of the players that we want to keep.

“It is not clear yet what division we will be in and this will impact which players we are able to keep but there are some players, especially our younger ones, who we will want to keep whatever division we are in.

“Steve and Lee Bowyer have already had conversations with quite a few of our players whose contracts are expiring and told them that they are wanted next season.”

Charlton’s summer decision-making is likely to be dictated by how successful they are in their battle for Championship survival.

Bowyer’s men are 22nd in the table – one place and two points adrift of safety.

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The Verdict

It has been a very testing few months for Charlton and after some of the claims that have come out of the boardroom, you’d sympathise with Addicks fans if they don’t believe these claims at face value.

That said, it is positive to hear that discussions have been had with the out-of-contract players that they want to keep at the club.

It could be a pivotal summer for the Addicks, given the number of players that could walk away as free agents.

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