Top 5 Players who rejected Chelsea
Five players who rejected Chelsea? Top 5 world-class players who rejected Chelsea? 5 players who chose not to join Chelsea? Here we look at the top 5 players who rejected Chelsea.
Top 5 world-class players who rejected Chelsea
Some great players have agreed to sign for Chelsea in the past. Players like Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard come to mind. But some great players have also rejected the chance to join Chelsea. So who are they? Well we’re going to find out.
5. Sergio Ramos rejected joining Chelsea
Real Madrid star and captain Sergio Ramos rejected the chance to join Chelsea in 2015. It’s said that Ramos was unhappy with Real Madrid’s contract extension offered to him. Then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to convince his former player to join him at Chelsea in late 2014.
But Ramos ended up signing a new deal at Real Madrid which tied him to the club until 2020. It proved to be a shrewd decision by Ramos as they went onto win back-to-back Champions League titles.
If Ramos had joined he could have easily become of the best ever Chelsea defenders. But it wasn’t to be.
4.Thomas Müller is one of the players who rejected Chelsea
Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller rejected Chelsea back in 2010. Muller was breaking through into the footballing world as a star in 2010 at the FIFA World Cup for Germany.
The 21-year-old was the golden boot winner at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. Naturally, many big clubs came knocking.
Why did Thomas Muller reject Chelsea?
It’s said that the Blues had made a huge offer for the German star to join them at Stamford Bridge. But Muller chose to stay at Bayern Munich in order to keep growing as a footballer.
Since then, Muller has captivated the world with his talent. The 28-year-old has scored 104 league goals in 286 appearances.
Muller could still be on Chelsea’s transfer radar this summer.
3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the players who rejected Chelsea
Back in August 2017, Chelsea were after a versatile midfielder/ wing-back to accommodate Conte’s team. Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed the perfect fit for Chelsea. Conte wanted him to compete with Victor Moses as a right wing-back.
But as it transpired, Oxlade-Chamberlain chose to join Liverpool instead for £35 million from Arsenal. The big factor, according to reports, was that he was promised a centre-mid position by Jurgen Klopp.
Who did Chelsea sign instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain?
Chelsea ended up signing Davide Zappacosta instead and Oxlade-Chamberlain went on win a starting centre-mid position in the Liverpool side.
2. Edin Dzeko rejected joining Chelsea
Edin Dzeko rejected Chelsea in January 2018. Manager Antonio Conte wanted Dzeko to be the second-string striker behind new signing Alvaro Morata. But they failed to sign him as Roma didn’t want to lose him and Dzeko preferred to stay.
Chelsea were having a striker crisis. New signing Alvaro Morata was struggling to score goals while Michy Batshuayi was not rated by Conte at all. Conte preferred to play Eden Hazard as the false nine instead when Morata was injured or banned.
So this lead to Chelsea really stepping up their efforts to sign Dzeko. But it wasn’t to be and The Blues signed Olivier Giroud instead from Arsenal.
Edin Dzeko speaks about rejecting Chelsea
The Bosnia international has even spoke about rejecting Chelsea to the press.
Dzeko told Bosnian site klix.ba: “It’s true that talks were held but that’s all I can say about it. There was a lot of speculation, false information and even some quite comical claims made.
“I felt honoured by Chelsea’s interest as they’re a club that I respect greatly. There have been so many stories about me leaving Roma over the past few weeks and I’m still here.
“I’m happy to remain at Roma because Rome has become my home and a very important part of my life,” he added.
“Roma is my family and I’m happy to carry on playing for this club. There are many challenges ahead and we’ll do our best to achieve our goals. It’s going to be difficult, but we won’t give up.”
1. Neymar rejected joining Chelsea
It;s hard to believe now but Chelsea actually tried to sign Neymar two twice.
Back in 2010, a fresh-faced 18-year-old by the name of Neymar was making the headlines around the world. He was billed as the next best player after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian was playing for Santos at the time and Chelsea had offered him £55,000 wages per week to join the Blues. But Neymar chose to stay at the Brazilian club.
Chelsea tried to sign Neymar again in 2011!
Fast forward to 2011 and Chelsea tried to sign Neymar again. But the talented Brazilian chose to join Barcelona instead.
Neymar speaks about rejecting Chelsea:
Neymar spoke about rejecting Chelsea in his autobiography ‘Neymar: My story – Conversations With My Father’, in 2014.
The Brazilian wrote: “It was August 23, 2010. My father and I had a meeting with president Luis Alvaro at the Santos headquarters inside the Vila Belmiro. Chelsea had made a huge transfer bid.
“In the middle of our conversation, the president turned off the lights and pointed at an empty chair. ‘This is the chair of the great national sports hero.
“Since Ayrton Senna’s death, this chair is vacant. If Neymar Jr stays in Santos and refuses Chelsea’s proposal, he will give his first step to sit in this chair.’
“That made us think. That decision would be a turning point in my life. Even Pele called me. Can you imagine how important I felt? The King of Football called me and asked me to stay.
“He reminded me of his entire career with Santos, his five world titles with the national team and the club, and all the recognition he received.
“It wasn’t easy but it was the right decision for us. We did the right thing for our friends and my career.”
Neymar ended up playing at Barcelona however for many years until he secured a world record £200 million transfer to PSG.