6 Blues who could leave Chelsea this summer
Eurosport's Dan Levene picks out 6 Chelsea players who could follow Antonio Conte out the door come June.
"Seemingly surplus to requirements under Conte this campaign, he has been content to act out the season as a squad player – ousted from the first XI by ball-playing centre half Andreas Christensen. But turning 31 before the season is out, and with just a year left on his contract, this summer represents the last opportunity for Chelsea to make money on the Brazilian, before he becomes a veteran in the club's usual contractual sense."
"The Englishman has been a remarkable servant to Chelsea since joining in 2012: wining literally every trophy a player can pick-up in domestic and European football. But this season, at the age of 32, anno domini has weighed heavy. He has struggled to make the first team, as Christensen's experience has developed; and also having a year left on his deal, this would be the time most expect Chelsea to cash in."
"He turns 26 on the last weekend of the Premier League season, and has been making noises for some time about a wish to return to his former home in Spain: where he has a young family. The issue has long been whether one of the big two La Liga sides might be interested – given his wage expectations there is no other place for him realistically to go. But after a season lacking in superlatives, any sizeable bid might be persuasive at this stage for Chelsea."
"The Spaniard is 30, and is another of those whose deal ends in summer 2019. Looking forward to that point, are Chelsea likely to give another one-year deal to the then 31-year-old? Or would now be the time to recoup some of the value left in the existing one? The latter looks a more likely scenario from this viewpoint."
"He reaches the age of 31 on the season's penultimate weekend, and also has the lone contracted year to go at that point. He is one of Chelsea's biggest wage drains: something few could argue has been borne out by this season's contribution."
"Keeping him at Chelsea has, in recent years, been seen by some as an indication of the level of ambition still maintained at Stamford Bridge's highest levels. Realistically, though, it has always been the case that, like any other player in blue: Hazard has a price, and if that is met, then he will go. The Belgian has two years left on his contract and, at 27, this is a key time for both him and his employer."