Why Sheffield United players reportedly won't receive a bonus if they qualify for Europe
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Why Sheffield United players reportedly won't receive a bonus if they qualify for Europe

The Sheffield United players will not receive a bonus if they qualify for Europe this season, according to the Daily Mail.

Although it would be a superb achievement for a newly promoted side, apparently it was considered so unlikely there are no bonuses in place.

Members of the Blades squad are already set to split £10m between them for avoiding relegation. They reached the 40-point mark widely considered to be enough to avoid the drop last weekend when they drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Players will also receive an increased amount depending on where United eventually finish in the table. They are currently seventh after 27 matches.

What Sheffield United players will get if they qualify for Europe

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Usually, the top four in the Premier League automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage. Fifth is a Europa League spot, with the FA Cup and Carabao Cup winners also qualifying for the tournament.

If the cup winners are already in Europe, then it goes to sixth and seventh places.

Yet this season could be a little different, with Manchester City having been handed a two-year ban from European club competition. With City set to finish in the top four, Champions League qualification will go to fifth.

The knock-on effect of that will mean eighth could qualify for the Europa League.

This will give the Blades more opportunity to play in Europe in 2020/21 – only four years after being in League One. With that potentially being such a huge feat, the players may still be rewarded financially.

While there are no official European bonuses written into their contracts, there is precedent of a goodwill gesture from owners.

It was a similar story when Leicester City won the title against the odds in the 2015/16. As a result, Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought all of the squad BMW cars.

So perhaps if United qualify for Europe, Prince Abdullah will reward them in some way.

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