The Chelsea squad exodus: Every player leaving, staying or being released this summer

The Chelsea squad exodus: Every player leaving, staying or being released this summer
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The Chelsea squad is a real mix like nothing in the Premier League. Homegrown talent that rose through the ranks, expensive signings from the continent, free transfers and loan obligations, with some future stars sprinkled in for good measure.

And that doesn't touch on those actually fighting abroad in the Blues' famed "loan army", ready to return every summer to any old Airbnb before departing for more temporary accomodation next term. The west Londoners have arguably the most business of any club to conduct this summer, with a whopping 45 players in contention for first-team football next season.

So who does the new manager have to rely on? Who's for the chopping board? And whose future is anyone's guess right now?

The Chelsea squad in full, with who's staying and going

Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy in action for Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 31
Contract expiry: 2025

An emergency signing because Kepa was performing quite so poorly, Edouard Mendy became one of the best goalkeepers in the world under Thomas Tuchel. Now he's out of the side for, err, Kepa.

Both Mendy and Kepa have contracts up until 2025, meaning that selling one of them would be ideal. Whether there are any takers, is anyone's guess.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga in action for Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 28
Contract expiry: 2025

The same boat as Mendy, though arguably a bigger symbol of Chelsea's reckless transfer nonsense of recent years. Kepa has actually captained the Blues this season, too, after being deemed not good enough by multiple previous managers.

It would never have happened in the Roman era, would it? Upgrading in goal is key for Chelsea but shifting those wages will be difficult. Why, oh, why did they spend so much money on him…

Gabriel Slonina

Gabriel Slonina #1 of Chicago Fire reacts after the team win against the Sporting Kansas City at Soldier Field on March 19, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois

Gabriel Slonina is on loan at Chicago Fire (Image credit: Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Age: 18
Contract expiry: 2028

A huge talent for the future but far too young to hit the ground running at such a huge club in absolute turmoil. Slonina is still probably due another loan or two. 

Who knows? Maybe Kepa will be out of contract by the time he's ready…

Marcus Bettinelli

Marcus Bettinelli of Chelsea warms up prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Chelsea FC at Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium on August 30, 2022 in Southampton, England.

Marcus Bettinelli warms up for Chelsea (Image credit: Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 30
Contract expiry: 2026

Quietly sitting on the bench here and there, while the other two keepers take all the flack, former Fulham custodian Bettinelli is at the Bridge for another three years as emergency backup. He looks likely to remain there until his contract ends.

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana joined Chelsea last summer (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 22
Contract expiry: 2029

One of the biggest defensive talents in the world and a cornerstone for the next manager: as long as he can sort out his injury problems.

Wesley Fofana was a good signing – if a little pricey – but can play in either a back four or a three, making him invaluable to whoever manages the Blues next. Just as well, considering he has another six years on his contract. 

Benoit Badiashile

Chelsea unveil new signing Benoit Badiashile at Chelsea Training Ground on January 5, 2023 in Cobham, England.

Chelsea signed Benoit Badiashile in January (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 22
Contract expiry: 2030

Impressive despite being unregistered for the Champions League knockouts, one would imagine that Benoit Badiashile will partner Fofana at the heart of the new Chelsea manager's defence – perhaps with another player between them in the case of using a back three. Next season will be his first full campaign in England after joining in January. 

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly of Chelsea gestures during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England.

Kalidou Koulibaly joined from Napoli last summer (Image credit: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Age: 31
Contract expiry: 2026

After years of links to the Premier League, Kalidou Koulibaly has been underwhelming to say the least. But he's undoubtedly on big wages and has three more years left to run: finding a buyer may well be hard.

It seems as if the Senegalese is set for a sequel season. Unless an offer comes in: you'd image Chelsea would entertain terminating his contract altogether, even.

Trevoh Chalobah

Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea FC applauds his supporters after the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Salzburg and Chelsea FC at Football Arena Salzburg on October 25, 2022 in Salzburg, Austria.

Trevoh Chalobah has risen through the Chelsea academy (Image credit: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Age: 23
Contract expiry: 2028

Trevoh Chalobah has never let Chelsea down. Long-term, he may not be of the level that Terry, Carvalho or even Cahill reached but he looks like a solid squad player. 

With that though, he's one potentially to move on. He's rumoured to be on £50,000 a week: one would imagine that there could be interest in him, however. It could all depend on how expendable the likes of Koulibaly will end up being…

Baba Rahman

Baba Rahman of Ghana reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 on November 24, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

Baba Rahman is currently on loan from Chelsea (Image credit: Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)

Age: 28
Contract expires: 2024 (currently on loan at 

No, seriously: Baba Rahman is still an employee of Chelsea football club. And he will be for another year. Hats off to that agent. 

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva is 38 and still at Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 38
Contract expiry: 2024

Despite recent comments criticising the new revolving door policy, Thiago Silva is contracted for another year. It seems likely that he will be staying for that final season.

Given how vital he's been to Chelsea over the years, the next manager will likely want to keep a leader like this around: but should Silva wish to go elsewhere before retiring, oddly, he might well be more sellable than some players half his age. Chelsea won't actually be gaining much by actively seeking to oust him – so expect him to see out his deal. 

Malang Sarr

Malang Sarr of Chelsea reacts during the Florida Cup match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Camping World Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Malang Sarr in action during preseason for Chelsea (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 24
Contract expires: 2025 (currently on loan at 
Monaco with an obligation to buy under conditions)

After featuring sporadically last season, Malang Sarr was deemed unready and sent on loan to Monaco. With Chelsea buying a Monaco defender in January in Badiashile, it's difficult to imagine that opinion has changed.

Sarr will become a Monagasque permanently, should he play a certain number of games, though that hasn't been revealed. After making 13 league appearances, it's unknown whether he'll return this summer. If he does, he'll likely be shipped back to Ligue 1 once more. 

Marc Cucurella

Marc Cucurella of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on September 03, 2022 in London, England.

Marc Cucurella joined from Brighton last summer (Image credit: Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 24
Contract expiry: 2028

He's failed to hit the heights thus far after Chelsea gazumped Manchester City for his signature… could the Blues offload him to Manchester?

Unlikely. Marc Cucurella has started a lot in Ben Chilwell's absence, with his ability to play in a back three or wingback being a valuable asset this season. With Mauricio Pochettino looking likely to step in, Cucurella will become his Ben Davies: not a first-choice left-back but a versatile defender capable of stepping in for system changes. 

Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell of Chelsea goes down with an injury during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge on November 02, 2022 in London, England.

Ben Chilwell has endured a tough time with injury at Chelsea (Image credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Age: 26
Contract expiry: 2027

Injuries have blighted Ben Chilwell's Chelsea career. He might not even be the same player he was back at Leicester City. But as the club's best left-back, he'll be leant on heavily next season.

That is, assuming, that Manchester City don't want to buy him. There's potential to raise some funds here, so it can't be ruled out, with Chelsea looking to trim the squad. A smart director would certainly look to sell a player on the cusp of him declining and too many knocks may have had their toll on the England international. 

A sale seems unlikely… but this isn't exactly a predictable football club, is it?

Levi Colwill

Levi Colwill of England poses for a photograph with their EE Player Of The Match Award after the International Friendly match between England U21 and Germany U21 at Bramall Lane on September 27, 2022 in Sheffield, England.

Levi Colwill is on loan at Brighton at current (Image credit: Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Age: 20
Contract expires: 2025 (currently on loan at 
Brighton & Hove Albion)

Levi Colwill is one of the best left-footed centre-back prospects in the world – so as good as Badiashile is, signing the Frenchman seemed slightly short-sighted in January… especially when Brighton wanted to sign Colwill permanently last summer but were rebuffed by the Blues, who compromised with a loan.

He seems destined to go permanently this time, with two years left on his contract, now. One would imagine Brighton will push to sign Colwill once more but there could well be bigger fish circling for him. This is a player who could bring in a lot of money for Chelsea – at which point, it all makes perfect sense to bring in Badiashile, up the price for Colwill and sell an asset for £40m+. Well done, lads. 

Lewis Hall

Chelsea's English midfielder Lewis Hall controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 21, 2023

Chelsea's Lewis Hall is just 18 years old (Image credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Age: 18
Contract expiry: 2025

It's incredibly difficult fighting for places in the Chelsea side. Lewis Hall appeared in an injury crisis, did sufficiently well at left wing-back… and may never get another chance.

With two years left on his deal, the Blues are at a crossroads with the Cobham product. Either they sign him up long-term and loan him or just raise some funds. The latter seems sensible with a buy-back clause. 

Ian Maatsen

Burnley's Ian Maatsen battles with Manchester City's Ruben Dias during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on March 18, 2023 in Manchester, England.

Ian Maatsen has shone on loan for Burnley (Image credit: Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Age: 21
Contract expires: 2024 (currently on loan at 

Ian Maatsen has sparkled at Burnley. You would imagine that they would take him back in a heartbeat.

Luckily for the Championship champions, Chelsea don't have much of a hand to negotiate with. The Dutch left-back is out of contract next summer, making a sale inevitable. Every little helps. 

Reece James

Reece James of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan at Stamford Bridge on October 05, 2022 in London, England.

Reece James has been a shining light for Chelsea (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 23
Contract expiry: 2028

The jewel in the crown. The one player that they don't want to let go.

With another five years left on his newly-negotiated contract, Chelsea are the ones with the power, should a Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City come in for Reece James. Given his connection to the club, he seems unlikely to force a move after missing the Champions League once.

Give it a couple more duff campaigns and he might be knocking on Todd Boehly's door asking for an exit. Right now though, it seems unthinkable that James will leave.

Malo Gusto

Malo Gusto poses after signing for Chelsea from Lyon.

Malo Gusto joined from Lyon and went straight back on loan (Image credit: Getty Images)

Age: 19
Contract expires: 2030 (currently on loan at
Olympique Lyonnais)

Sensible, long-term cover for James was going to be key to sort sooner or later. With Malo Gusto joining properly in the summer, the Blues have managed to fix that. Cesar Azpilicueta's and Trevoh Chalobah's futures are in doubt now, though. 

Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea acknowledges the fans after their 500th appearance for Chelsea after the draw during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on January 21, 2023 in Liverpool, England.

Cesar Azpilicueta has made over 500 appearances for Chelsea (Image credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Age: 33
Contract expiry: 2024

He's been there for yonks and won everything there is to win. It's likely that next term will be the final hurrah for Dave – though there's no obligation for the next manager to start him much. 

A true leader is needed more than ever right now. Chelsea are lucky he's not leaving now. 

Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu of Wales during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between USA and Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

Ethan Ampadu in action for Wales at the World Cup (Image credit: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Age: 22
Contract expires: 2027 (currently on loan at 

Ethan Ampadu could still be heading out on loan for another three years, you know. Sooner or later, surely someone will make a permanent offer? 

He likely won't stick around. Chelsea will send Ampadu away on loan once more but would be sensible to sell him and just collect whatever they can for him. They have FFP regulations to satisfy, after all. 

Enzo Fernandez

Enzo Fernandez at Stamford Bridge during a 2-0 Chelsea loss to Brentford

Enzo Fernandez in action against Real Madrid (Image credit: Getty Images)

Age: 22
Contract expiry: 2031

Enzo Fernandez is on his first year of eight at Chelsea. he's not been bad so far but hasn't really shown us why he cost nine figures.

The World Cup winner perhaps lacks the physicality to be the lone No.6 to build around but he's certainly one for a two-man midfield or right side of a three. He's an excellent first building block for the midfield, however. Now to buy another two or three as good as him – hopefully for what Enzo cost combined…

N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante has been at Chelsea since 2016 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Age: 32
Contract expires this summer

N'Golo Kante would be one of the first names on the team sheet if everyone was fit. The problem is, he's not often fit these days.

Kante looks likely to leave west London this summer for three reasons. His wages are incredibly high, he won't be willing to accept a short-term deal and he's got a bad injury history. It would be unfortunately for the incoming manager not to have a player of that quality at their disposal – but it doesn't make much sense to extend his contract, either. 

Denis Zakaria

Denis Zakaria of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 15, 2023 in London, England.

Denis Zakaria is only on loan at Stamford Bridge (Image credit: Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 26
Returns from loan to 
Juventus this summer

Denis Zakaria has not shown much to make Pochettino or whoever comes in that they should sign him permanently. A handy midfielder signed at a time when cover was necessary, the situation has changed entirely. Back to Juventus, he goes. 

Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on March 11, 2023 in Leicester, England.

Mateo Kovacic celebrates scoring against Leicester (Image credit: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Age: 28
Contract expires: 2024

Drawing interest from a number of big teams, there might be a fee to be had, here. Even £20m could be important for balancing the books – especially for a player who's given just about everything he can now for the Blues.

If City are interested, however, maybe that tells you something. The next manager is going to need a calm, experienced, tempo-setter in midfield – Chelsea's decision is whether it's worth losing Mateo Kovacic for nothing in order to give their next manager someone who could be key to their midfield.

Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher returned to Chelsea last summer (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 23
Contract expires: 2025

With such a lot of interest in Conor Gallagher in January, it seems silly that Chelsea didn't sell in the context of FFP to consider. This will be the penultimate summer to do so.

If Chelsea need the money, flogging Gallagher for £40m is a no-brainer. If not, sending him on loan once more and waiting for him to add another £20m could work, too. It seems unlikely that the next manager will make him the cornerstone of a midfield that boasts Enzo Fernandez and Mason Mount, otherwise.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko of AC Milan in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between Wolfsberg and AC Milan on July 27, 2022 in Villach, Austria.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has been on loan for a number of years (Image credit: Pier Marco Tacca/AC Milan via Getty Images)

Age: 28
Contract expires: 2024 (currently on loan at 
AC Milan)

Another for the "how the hell is he still contracted there" pile. Next year will be Tiemoue Bakayoko's final on loan before leaving for nothing. It's not been a fruitful deal. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek playing for Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek came through the ranks for Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 27
Contract expires: 2024

He's been here and there on loan before becoming a bit-part in the Chelsea squad. Next year, however, his contract comes to an end.

There's not much incentive for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to sign another season for a club who have brought in two players in Enzo and Gusto who limit his ability to play in either midfield or right-back. One would imagine from the prolific loan spells that a midtable club would be interested in him for around £20-25m. Losing him for nothing doesn't seem worth it. 

Carney Chukwuemeka

Carney Chukwuemeka of Chelsea FC during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Chelsea FC at Brentford Community Stadium on October 19, 2022 in Brentford, England.

Carney Chukwuemeka joined Chelsea last summer (Image credit: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Age: 19
Contract expires: 2028

One of the most exciting players of his age group internationally for England, one wonders just how much game-time Carney Chukwuemeka thought he'd get this season. He's now in one of two camps.

Either Mason Mount leaves and the next manager builds around the precocious Chukwuemeka on the lefthand side of central midfield – or, much more likely, he goes on loan and hones his craft to fill that role in future years. With five more years on his deal, the latter is sensible. 

Cesare Casadei

Cesare Casadei of Reading runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship game between Reading and Birmingham City at Select Car Leasing Stadium on April 07, 2023 in Reading, England.

Cesare Casadei is on loan at Reading (Image credit: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Age: 20
Contract expires: 2028 (currently on loan at 

Extremely well thought of, Cesare Casadei is one for the future, currently at Reading. It seems unlikely that Paul Ince will get the job at Chelsea and want to build around the one player he knows, however. 

Another loan move feels inevitable. He may be ready by next summer to play a part in the squad, though. 

Mason Mount

Mason Mount of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth on 27 December, 2022 at Stamford Bridge in London, United Kingdom

Mason Mount's future at Stamford Bridge hangs in the balance (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Age: 24
Contract expires: 2024

Mason Mount might just be the highest profile and most unpopular sale that Chelsea have made since Eden Hazard. A Cobham graduate, his place in the side has come under question – and he's not looking like signing a deal just yet.

If Chelsea can get £60m for him, that represents something, given that they'd lose him for nothing next year. But if Pochettino gets the job, there's not a chance he's telling Boehly and co. to sell a young England international pivotal in a Champions League win from a young age. 

The Blues need to back down on this one. There are some players you persist with through poor form and Mount is one of those for Chelsea, given that he's homegrown, got that connection with the fans and the very model of what they want to foster at the club. He deserves the deal he wants, rather than something stupidly long-term. Right now, he looks like going – but that could all change with a new manager at the helm. 

Tino Anjorin

Tino Anjorin of Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring with team mate Sorba Thomas during the Sky Bet Championship between Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion at the John Smith's Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Huddersfield, England

Tino Anjorin is on loan at Huddersfield Town (Image credit: William Early/Getty Images)

Age: 21
Contract expires: 2025 (currently on loan at 
Huddersfield Town)

Another who looks unlikely to ever storm into the first team, Tino Anjorin is now at Huddersfield, having been given a debut under Frank Lampard. He looks set for another loan spell after this one – but if Chelsea can sell him, all the better. 

Andrey Santos

Chelsea Unveil New Signing Andrey Santos at Chelsea Training Ground on January 6, 2023 in Cobham, England.

Chelsea signed Andrey Santos in January (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 18
Contract expires: 2030 (currently on loan at 
Vasco Da Gama)

Andrey Santos is 18 and has never played in Europe. It would be bold to bring him back and integrate him into the squad next season, having signed him in January – so don't rule out these owners from doing just that.

Another loan move seems sensible, however. He's contracted until the end of the decade: there's time. 

Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on October 08, 2022 in London, England

Kai Havertz was a record signing for Chelsea (Image credit: Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 23
Contract expires: 2025

Kai Havertz is an incredibly strange case. He's been the first choice striker at Chelsea since he joined, more out of necessity than being outstanding. His best position is probably just behind the striker – but Joao Felix plays there now, with Christopher Nkunku heavily rumoured for the summer. So… where do you put him?

It's likely that the new manager will want to have a go finding out, such is Havertz's technicality – but realistically, selling him wouldn't be a bad thing. If a big club can offer £50m, Chelsea would be wise to cut this experiment short. That doesn't seem like something that's going to happen any time soon, though. 

The Blues will likely keep Havertz around for another 12 months and have the same conversation next year. Where exactly does he fit?

Mykhaylo Mudryk

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2023 in London, England.

Mykhaylo Mudryk joined in January (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 22
Contract expires: 2031

Pipping Arsenal to his signing sure was fun, wasn't it? Mykhaylo Mudryk hasn't actually delivered anything yet but time is on his side.

It wouldn't make sense to loan him out next season. He needs a run of games, to acclimatise to English football and to find his feet. There's a lot of money riding on this one but he's one of the brighter talents that a new manager would be excited to work with, for sure. If not, there's always offloading him to the Emirates Stadium…

Raheem Sterling

Everton vs Chelsea live stream | New signing Raheem Sterling of Chelsea is photographed around Beverley Hills on July 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Raheem Sterling joined last summer (Image credit: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 28
Contract expires: 2027

Raheem Sterling has played here and there, not disappointed but not exactly set the Bridge on fire. A year on, he's one of several players in the same boat.

If an offer comes in, that would be great: if not, it's not the end of the world to have an established international with considerable experience in the Premier League at your disposal. Sterling might be for the chop next season but he's good enough that he's worth keeping around this time around. 

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic in action for Chelsea.

Christian Pulisic has found game time hard to come by in recent months (Image credit: Getty Images)

Age: 24
Contract expires: 2024

Christian Pulisic just hasn't been available enough for Chelsea. He's had his moments but with his deal ending next summer, now's the time to cut their losses.

Luckily, there are plenty of clubs who would jump at the chance of signing America's biggest soccer star. Chelsea may be able to recoup half of the £60m they spent on the Pennsylvanian, which actually wouldn't be too bad a result, considering he's barely played in the last two years. Staying at Stamford Bridge would be more of a shock, right now.  

Noni Madueke

Chelsea unveil new signing Noni Madueke at Chelsea Training Ground on January 20, 2023 in Cobham, England.

Noni Madueke moved to Chelsea in January (Image credit: Joupin Ghamsari/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 21
Contract expires: 2030

A strange signing, really. Chelsea didn't need Noni Madueke desperately but he'll provide useful cover for the next manager. Sticking around this squad feels like the only option.

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech almost left Chelsea in January (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 30
Contract expires: 2025

He very nearly left on loan for PSG in January. It would be a surprise if he was still here next season.

Hakim Ziyech has been fine but nothing more in Chelsea blue. At 30, the time is right to move on. Two years left on his contract means the west Londoners might receive a decent enough fee, all considering. 

Omari Hutchinson

Omari Hutchinson of Chelsea in action during the Chelsea U21 v Fulham U21 Premier League 2 match on August 15, 2022 in Kingston upon Thames, England.

Omari Hutchinson made his Premier League debut this season (Image credit: Clive Howes - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 19
Contract expires: 2025

Poached from Arsenal, no one expected Omari Hutchinson to play this season, let alone against Manchester City. No one expects him to play next season, either. A loan is all but certain. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Leverkusen's English forward Callum Hudson-Odoi (L) and Club Brugge's Canadian forward Tajon Buchanan vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Club Brugge in Leverkusen, western Germany, on November 1, 2022.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is on loan at Bayer Leverkusen (Image credit: SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Age: 22
Contract expires: 2024 (currently on loan at 
Bayer Leverkusen)

They could have sold him for £40m to Bayern Munich before he'd even played for the first team. Now, they'll be lucky to get half of that.

Callum Hudson-Odoi's career has stalled. He needs to get out now with a year left to go and Chelsea would be wise to sell. Unless Pochettino is a huge fan of the winger, it's inevitable that he'll head either to the Bundesliga or a midtable Premier League side for £10-15m, surely?

Joao Felix

Joao Felix of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London Stadium on February 11, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.

Joao Felix is on from Atletico Madrid (Image credit: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 23
Returns from loan to
Atletico Madrid this summer

He's looked good in patches considering he's not a proper striker and Chelsea don't have a proper striker for him to partner. There were rumours that he could join permanently but surely, there are other holes to fix – especially if Nkunku joins as yet another player in that position.

If Diego Simeone leaves Atletico, it's likely that their next boss will want to build around the likes of Felix. Chelsea might be better off asking for another loan deal, should they want the Portuguese that desperately… but it's unclear as to why they would, right now. 

Armando Broja

Arsenal transfer news

Armando Broja has been injured for much of this season (Image credit: Getty)

Age: 21
Contract expires: 2028

After an awful injury, Armando Broja's only likely option is to stay in the fold. With Chelsea lacking any striker like him, that might be his best chance for minutes next season.

One would imagine that his next move could come in January on loan or next summer. Right now, recovery is the only thing on his mind. 

David Datro Fofana

David Datro Fofana of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.

David Datro Fofana joined Chelsea in January (Image credit: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Age: 20
Contract expires: 2029

He's not had a lot of time or opportunity to impress but David Datro Fofana could prove to be a valuable squad addition in preseason. Otherwise, a loan seems likely.

Fofana is only 20, after all. Another for the future, next season will depend on how much impresses the new boss over the summer. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poses for a photograph as he signs for Chelsea at Chelsea Training Ground on September 01, 2022 in Cobham, England.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has cut a frustrated figure this season (Image credit: Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Age: 33
Contract expires: 2024

Yeah, he's not sticking around, is he?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the very symbol of everything wrong with Todd Boehly's Chelsea era. Signed for Thomas Tuchel just before Tuchel was sacked, given a few opportunities by Graham Potter and subsequently hung out to dry, left out of Champions League squads and unable to leave in January. What was the point?

Unlike his Arsenal tenure, you can't exactly blame any of it on him, either. Auba looks like having his contract terminated if he can't actually force a move. 

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Empoli and Inter Milan at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on April 22, 2023 in Empoli, Italy.

Romelu Lukaku is on loan at Inter Milan (Image credit: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Age: 29
Contract expires: 2026 (currently on loan at 
Inter Milan)

Chelsea are stuck with a £100m millstone around their necks for three more years. The next manager has a stark decision and it doesn't involve selling Romelu Lukaku, since that isn't realistic.

He could be brought into the fold as the answer to Chelsea's striking options. He's done it across his career, especially in the Premier League and he's not a bad forward to have at your disposal. More likely though, he'll be heading out on loan again once more. 

It's sad that Lukaku hasn't worked out for the Blues this time. Maybe this is a conversation we'll be having for another two years, given the length of his contract.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.