10 Premier League cast-offs who went on to win the Champions League elsewhere
5. Jerome Boateng (Manchester City)
A combination of bad luck and poor management put paid to Boateng’s Manchester City career. Signed after the 2010 World Cup, the Germany international had to wait more than a month to make his debut after aggravating an injury following a collision with an aeroplane drinks trolley.
When the stopper was finally fit, Robert Mancini insisted on playing Boateng at full-back rather than in central defence. The German was omitted from City's squad for the 2011 FA Cup Final, then left for Bayern Munich that summer – where he went on to lift the Champions League in 2013, before winning the World Cup in 2014. We’re betting he stayed seated on the flight home.
4. Sylvinho (Arsenal)
Arsenal beat off stiff competition from Spurs to sign Sylvinho, who was earmarked as the long-term successor to left-back Nigel Winterburn at the time. The first Brazilian to play for Arsenal, he enjoyed a fine first year at the club which included some memorable goals – including a particularly memorable screamer against Chelsea.
In the end, a combination of injuries, passport issues and the emergence of Ashley Cole ended his Arsenal career. He was sold to Celta Vigo in 2001, left there for Barcelona three years later and, in 2009, started the Champions League final as Barça completed their Treble under Pep Guardiola.
3. Gary Cahill (Aston Villa)
Aston Villa fans must rue the day that academy product Cahill was allowed to join Bolton for £5m back in 2008 – especially as manager Martin O’Neill had just forked out around double that to retain the on-loan Curtis Davies.
In four years at the Macron, Cahill did enough to earn an England call-up and, eventually, a move to Chelsea (who got an absolute bargain themselves for just £7m in January 2012). He went on to win both the FA Cup and Champions League in his first season with the Blues. Villa and Davies, meanwhile, have not.
2. Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
Although the Dutchman was happy enough to swap Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2007, the truth was that Jose Mourinho had lost patience with his player. Robben was often sidelined with a variety of minor injuries, and his Portuguese coach was glad to sell him to los Blancos and facilitate his swoop for replacement Florent Malouda.
The Spanish giants, meanwhile, had only signed him after a move for Michael Ballack collapsed (a winger for a central midfielder – Madrid logic). Robben had the last laugh, though: after two years at the Bernabeu, he joined Bayern Munich and made up for the disappointment of missing a penalty against Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League Final by scoring the winning goal 12 months later against Borussia Dortmund.
1. Patrik Andersson (Blackburn)
Andersson earned legendary status among Bayern Munich fans for a stoppage-time goal that won the Bavarians a shocking 2001 Bundesliga title from rivals Schalke. It was his only goal for Bayern.
A lot of Blackburn fans might have forgotten he was even at Ewood Park almost a decade before that.
Andersson was among the first foreigners to hit the Premier League in 1992/93, but played just 12 league games before joining Borussia Monchengladbach. Six impressive seasons there earned him his Bayern switch, and the Swede experienced European glory in 2001 by playing all 120 minutes in the German giants' Champions League final penalty shootout triumph over Valencia.