7 top players discarded by Chelsea under Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich’s stint at Chelsea as the Chairman has been, without a doubt, immensely beneficial for the club. It was in mid-2003 that the London-based club was no longer financially viable due to dodgy transfer deals and poorly executed business decisions.
Amidst all of this, Abramovich, a Russian billionaire, invested millions pulling the club out of debt. He brought in several new players, a new manager, and within two years, Chelsea had won its first title.
Despite winning every trophy available over the next few years, ‘The Russian Empire’ has had its share of problems. Over the transfer windows, we have witnessed what Abramovich’s Chelsea does. Ruthlessly chewing up the brightest talents, the club then defecates it out of the Stamford Bridge.
On this note, here we list the biggest players, whom Roman Abramovich has discarded since taking over Chelsea in 2004.
#7 Andre Schurrle
Andre Schurrle arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013 from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported fee of £18 million. Dubbed as one of the brightest talents in Germany, Schurrle managed to find the net in almost every other match from the midfield at Chelsea.
Coming on as a substitute in most of the matches he went on to score 8 goals from 30 appearances in the first season. However, midway through the second season, the German was let off by Chelsea as he went on to join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
In the 2014 World Cup, Schurrle went on to win the World Cup with Germany, scoring three goals in the process despite coming off the bench every time. It still remains a mystery as to why Chelsea let him leave when he was just 24 years old and about to hit peak form.