Soccer's paralysis sparks questions about player contracts

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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, Manchester City's David Silva during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. Hundreds of players across Europe's soccer leagues have contracts which are due to expire at the end of this season. That poses a big problem if those leagues over-run beyond the June 30 cut-off point as expected because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Silva is among dozens of Premier League players, and hundreds of players across Europe, whose contracts are due to expire at the end of this season. June 30, to be specific. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)

It was the dream scenario for David Silva at the end of his trophy-filled, decade-long career at Manchester City.

Picture it: “El Mago” (the Magician), as fans fondly refer to perhaps the club's greatest player, holding aloft the Champions League trophy -- the big piece of silverware to elude him and his team -- after his final game for City. What a way to go.

The rapidly spreading coronavirus might have put an end to those hopes.

Silva is among dozens of English Premier League players, and hundreds of players across Europe, whose contracts are due to expire at the end of this season. June 30, to be specific.

Except the suspension of the Premier League — and almost every other domestic league across the globe -- and the uncertainty over when they will resume means there’s no knowing when the 2019-20 soccer season will actually end. It might not even be in 2020.

It means one of the most significant questions during's soccer’s current paralysis is how the sport deals with players whose contracts are about to expire.

Will Silva, for example, even be at City when this season ends, if it ever does?

“As with every section of society, there is a sense of great uncertainty about what’s to come," said James Skelland, a football agent at YMU Sport.