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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Antonio Rudiger and the two Chelsea players set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer

  Chelsea have endured one of the most tumultuous seasons in their history, with the end of the Roman Abramovich era in sight after 19 ye...

 

Chelsea have endured one of the most tumultuous seasons in their history, with the end of the Roman Abramovich era in sight after 19 years of unprecedented success.

On the pitch it's been a mixed season, with the club winning the Super Cup and Club World Cup but also failing to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool. As well as exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.

The Blues will have the opportunity to add to their trophy haul when they face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on May 14. And this summer promises to be a busy one for Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea look to get closer to the Premier League’s top two and win another European crown.

However, we’ve highlighted three players that will leave Stamford Bridge this summer when their contracts expire at the end of next month.

Antonio Rudiger

The German defender joined the club from Roma in a £29million deal in the summer of 2017. Rudiger has enjoyed great success with the club winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during his time in west London.

However, it’s been under Tuchel’s management that the 29-year-old has shown his best form for the club. Establishing himself as one of the best and most consistent centre-backs in the Premier League.

Chelsea made no secret of their desire to keep Rudiger but under the terms of the special licence they're currently operating under (due to the sanctions placed on Abramovich by the UK government) they were unable to offer him a new deal.

The Germany international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. Tuchel spoke of Rudiger’s decision to leave in April telling reporters:

“I would have liked him to stay. He would have been a key figure but still these things happen.”


Andreas Christensen

Christensen joined Chelsea as a 15-year-old in the 2012 January transfer window from Danish side Brondby. He made fleeting appearances for the club the following season before joining Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for the next two seasons.

Upon his return from the Bundesliga side in the summer of 2017, Christensen went on to make 40 appearances under then boss Antonio Conte. However, he was replaced by Maurizio Sarri the following season and the former Napoli boss preferred to partner Rudiger with David Luiz at the heart of his defence.

The 26-year-old was also somewhat of a peripheral figure under Sarri’s successor; Frank Lampard but has featured more prominently under Tuchel. Nonetheless he’s been widely regarded as the third choice centre-back behind Rudiger and Thiago Silva.

In total Christensen has made 160 appearances for the club and even replaced Silva in last season’s Champions League final after the Brazilian went off with an injury in the first half. He’s reportedly agreed a five year deal with Spanish giants Barcelona and alongside Rudiger will leave a gaping hole in Chelsea’s defence.

Saul Niguez

Saul joined Chelsea on a season’s loan from Atletico Madrid last summer, the deal included an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the campaign. However, the Spanish midfielder has simply failed to adjust to the rigours and demands of English football.

The 27-year-old has only made eight Premier League appearances all season and 21 for the club in total. Saul was signed to add more depth and competition to the Blues’ midfield but has barely figured; despite the fact their squad has been stretched at times whilst competing on multiple fronts.

The Spaniard spoke to Chelsea’s official website in February, and highlighted the differences between the Premier League and La Liga as the main reason for his struggles this term.

“They are totally different. Over there, it’s much more tactical, whereas here it’s more physical and a bit crazier," he said. “There’s more back and forth, it’s less about having control of the game and more about entertaining the fans. You can do things here that you really can’t do in La Liga.”


The Blues are not expected to take up the option in Saul's loan to make the transfer permanent this summer.

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