The incredible XI of players sold by Chelsea
Not many clubs have seen the turnover of players that Chelsea have in recent years. It has been all change at Stamford Bridge in the 15 years since Roman Abramovich took over at the club, and it has been 'win at all cost' ever since.
Of course, Abramovich isn’t a man known for his patience, especially with managers. However, he has backed them an awful lot over the years, maybe not in terms of the time he has given them, but in terms of the money, he has invested in new players for every manager who has sat in the hot seat.
There have been some excellent buys in that period of time. Didier Drogba is one in particular that springs to mind, as does that of Eden Hazard. There have also been some real bargains picked up in that period as well, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill both moving to Chelsea for less than £10 million.
There is no denying that there have been a few shockers over that period as well. Fernando Torres and Andriy Shevchenko were both big money buys, but neither of them hit the heights at Stamford Bridge, and despite the occasional moment here or there, will go down as a failure.
There have been others that have slipped through the net though. Sometimes Chelsea have found the right time to sell off players, but others they have let go far too early, and they may look back with regret. Here is a team made up of players Chelsea allowed to leave the club.
Goalkeeper- Thibaut Courtois
This one is still fresh in the memory for Chelsea fans. The Belgian spent seven years as a Chelsea player, after initially making the move from Genk in 2011. He spent three years out on loan at Atletico Madrid though, during which he established himself as one of Europe’s top goalkeepers. He returned to Chelsea to take over Petr Cech as the Blues’ number one and went on to win two Premier League titles. However, he made no secret of his desire to move back to Spain and joined Real Madrid for £35 million this summer.
Defender- Ryan Bertrand
Although he didn’t appear too much in the Chelsea first team during his time at Stamford Bridge, Bertrand started perhaps the biggest game in the club’s history. The Englishman was the surprise selection on the left-wing in the 2012 Champions League final, in the process becoming the first man to make his Champions League debut in the final. After loan moves with Aston Villa and Southampton, he joined the Saints permanently in 2015 and has gone on to become one of England’s best-left backs.