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We list the Top 10 Chelsea rejects who found success away from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea FC was formed in 1905 and since then the club has had a quite a few great players wear the blue jersey – Gianfranco Zola, Peter Osgood, Roy Bentley just to name a few, however, the club has rejected some players that have gone onto have success elsewhere.
Mohamed Salah is the latest Chelsea outcast to join the list of players who managed to shine after disappointing spells at Stamford Bridge. Here are the Top 10 Chelsea rejects who later found success at other clubs.
Here, in no particular order, we run through the Top 10 Chelsea rejects who found success away from Stamford Bridge.
10. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Time at Chelsea: 2014-2015 – Sold for £16m to Roma
Mohamed Salah was sold by then manager Jose Mourinho for a small sum to A.S Roma where he shined. His form and goal scoring at Roma were noticed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and the Reds sealed a £30m deal at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Salah has gone on to become one of the best players in the Premier League after scoring 23 goals so far as of February 26 2018. Chelsea will be regretting selling him now!
9.Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Time at Chelsea: 2013-2014 – Sold for £18m
Kevin De Bruyne only played a few games for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho before he was sold to VFL Wolfsburg. It was there that he found success and made a number of assists scored goals for the Bundesliga club. Manchester City took notice and swooped for the Belgian for £50million, which now seems like a bargain. De Bruyne is one of the best players on the planet now and that is why he is on our list of top 10 Chelsea rejects who found success away from Stamford Bridge.
8. Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Time at Chelsea: 2011-2012, 2013-2014 – Sold for £28m
Yet another player sold by Jose Mourinho, (thanks Jose), Lukaku was meant to be the striker who would replace the legendary Didier Drogba. But after a successful loan spell at Everton, Lukaku was sold to the Toffees and then last season (2017/18) he was sold to Manchester United for £90m. And here’s the kicker; Jose Mourinho bought him as manager of the Red Devils. Chelsea were actually lining up a deal to buy Lukaku back but the Special one decided to swoop on transfer deadline day and beat Chelsea to the punch. Ouch.
7. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Time at Chelsea: 2010-2012 – Sold for £10m
Ryan Bertrand was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions league in 2012. He was often underrated by Chelsea fans and the club itself though. Bertrand has gone on to become one of the best Premier League left-backs playing for Southampton. However the Blues finally found a man who could replace Ashley Cole; Marcos Alonso. Lets hope we don’t sell him too!
6.Oriol Romeu (Southampton)
Time at Chelsea: 2011-2013 – Sold for £4m
Oriol Romeu is one of those players you don’t even realise his influence on the pitch until he’s gone. Somewhat like John Obi Mikel, Romeu quietly did his job as a defensive midfielder and kept the ball rolling. But Chelsea sold him and he’s gone on to become a great player for The Saints.
5.Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Time at Chelsea: 2012 (no matches) – Sold for £5.9m
Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan Hazard used to be a Chelsea player along with his older brother. But Chelsea sold him and he went on to become a fantastic attacking midfielder for the Bundesliga outfit. But now Chelsea have another brother; Kylian Hazard (seriously what’s in the Hazard family genes!). Lets hope we don’t sell him too early.
4.Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Time at Chelsea: 2014-2015 – Sold for £11m
Filipe Luis was actually a decent left-back for Chelsea in the 2014/15 season. But he was under-utilized by Mourinho and Jose decided to get rid at the end of the season by selling him back to Ateltico Madrid after just one season. To be fair, that was the season Cesar Azpilicueta became a left-back which restricted Luis’ chances. Luis has gone on to become quite an important player at Atletico since.
3. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)
Time at Chelsea: 2014-2015 – Sold for £17m
Juan Cuadrado never quite made it at Stamford Bridge. After just one season, Chelsea decided to loan the Colombian out to Juventus where he went on to shine as a left wing-back. Pacy, good on the ball and reasonable defending- we could’ve used him as a right wing-back under Antonio Conte! Oh well.
2.Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Time at Chelsea: 2015-2016 – On loan
This one was a strange one. Yes, Radamel Falcao actually played for Chelsea. But not much. Just after his failed loan spell at Manchester United, Falcao tried to revive his career and form once again by joining Chelsea. However, he was still plagued by injury problems and a bad knee which restricted his chances to play. And when he did play, he didn’t impress. But now, he’s gone onto rediscover his form and is now one of the most lethal strikers in Europe playing for AS Monaco.
1.Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Time at Chelsea: 2009-2011, 2011-2013 – Sold for £12m
Daniel Sturridge played for Chelsea for a number of seasons but he never quite made it as a central striker though at the Blues. Chelsea managers during that time preferred playing Sturridge down the wing which he wasn’t as keen on. Which is why he ultimately left to join liverpool. He had a fantastic first season for The Reds until Luis Suarez left. Then injury problems popped up and plagued his career ever since. So in a way it’s good Chelsea sold him, but some days- we could use a pacy, skillful striker like him.
The current player in Chelsea who can be seen as leaving the club is Callum Hudson-Odoi. Bayern Munich are showing great interest in him and they want to sign the youngster. Chelsea are not giving him many minutes on the pitch and we can see him becoming a great player away from the Bridge soon.