Chelsea recently released a statement indicating the five players who were released upon the expiration of their contracts. Goalkeeper Eduardo and youngster Kyle Scott were not well known to the Premier League audience and their departures will be largely overshadowed by the three experienced campaigners who were released by the team.
The following are three notable players released by the Blues.
1. Gary Cahill
After making just two Premier League appearances last season, it was evident that Cahill had no future at Stamford Bridge. A parting of ways was the best thing for both club and player. Cahill served the West Londoners with distinction during his several years at the club, helping it to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League and two Europa Leagues.
He was the successor to John Terry as club captain which indicates that he has been an important leader within the team. At 33, Cahill can still play at the highest level and he has been linked with moves to boyhood club Aston Villa as well as Arsenal.
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2. Rob Green
Green joined the Blues last summer as cover for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero in goal. He did not play a single competitive game for the club. He however has been a household game in the Premier League for the better part of the past 20-years and was regarded as one of the best English keepers during his time with West Ham.
Green was a former first-choice keeper for England at the 2010 World Cup.
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3. Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain is definitely the most surprising name on the list. The Argentine arrived at Stamford Bridge in January and was expected to add firepower to the club up front after Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata failed to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Higuain was rather underwhelming during his six months in West London as he went on to score just five goals from 14 Premier League games.
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Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted that he underestimated the Premier League. The 31-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge this January on a short-term loan deal from Juventus.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he wants to keep striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club beyond this season.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he has spoken to striker Gonzalo Higuain about his form. The 31-year-old joined the Blues in January from Juventus on a loan deal that will end this summer.
Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has opted to retire from international football in order to fully concentrate on club football.
Chelsea will face an interesting summer transfer window. The Blues will likely have to make do with the resources they have as a result of a two-window transfer ban. The West London giants have arguably enough strength in depth in most positions but one area that could be a bit of concern is the forward department.
Gonzalo Higuain needs to improve his performances for Chelsea if he is to secure his long-term future at Stamford Bridge after Juventus had indicated their disapproval of a return to the club for the Argentine striker, according to Goal.
Chelsea were recently dealt a major blow as they were slapped with a transfer ban until January 2020 after being found guilty for breaking rules in terms of signing foreign players under the age of 18. World football governing body FIFA claimed that it found breaches in 29 cases of 92 investigated, notably that of Bertrand Traore who left the Blues in 2017 in order to link up with French club Lyon.
Eden Hazard showered accolades on Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain due to the January transfer window arrival’s instant impact at Chelsea.
Gonzalo Higuain scored his first two Chelsea goals in the Blues’ thumping win over Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge. The Argentine signed on loan from Juventus after an unsuccessful time at AC Milan in the opening six months of the 2018/19 campaign.
Chelsea attacker Willian has revealed that the players from the club are happy for Gonzalo Higuain after the striker scored a brace against Huddersfield Town during the weekend. Maurizio Sarri’s side comprehensively outplayed the struggling club and went on to win 5-0.
Eden Hazard reckons Gonzalo Higuain will flourish in the Premier League after the Argentinian hitman opened his Chelsea account with a brace in Saturday’s victory against Huddersfield Town.
Maurizio Sarri believes Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard will complement each other after both players scored a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield Town.
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole believes Gonzalo Higuain is the perfect signing for the club, calling the Argentinian striker a proven goalscorer.
Gonzalo Higuain arrived at Chelsea this month on loan from Juventus. The 31-year-old is a deadly forward and enjoyed the best football of his career under the management of current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri while the two were on the books of Serie A side Napoli.
Chelsea ace Willian has backed his club’s new signing Gonzalo Higuain to shine at the club. Higuain arrived at Stamford Bridge this month on a six-month loan deal from Juventus.
Former German star Dietmar Hamann has questioned whether Chelsea made the correct decision in signing striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Gianfranco Zola has urged new Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain to “understand” the Premier League in order to make a quick adaptation to English football.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has praised the club’s management after they managed to secure the signature of striker Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday.
Having plundered goals for fun during his time at Napoli, is Gonzalo Higuain to replicate such prolificness in front of goal at Chelsea?
Chelsea have agreed the loan deal of Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain with Juventus and in doing so, have given English football fans a chance to see a genuine world-class footballer on our pitches.
Gonzalo Higuain is relishing the opportunity to test his mettle in the English Premier League after completing his move to Chelsea.
Paul Merson has suggested that Gonzalo Higuain might fail to hit the mark with Chelsea in the Premier League.
While it’s never productive to look back on what might have been, it’s worth noting that Chelsea could have had an even sharper attack this season – by adding Aleksandr Golovin and Gonzalo Higuain to their ranks.
Chelsea have opened negotiations with Italian giants Juventus regarding the possibility of signing Gonzalo Higuain with Alvaro Morata going the other way, according to reports.
Maurizio Sarri was finally unveiled as the new Chelsea boss on Friday after the club has confirmed the sacking of fellow Italian Antonio Conte. Sarri, who signed a three-year contract, is set to be joined by Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as his number two, and the Chelsea hierarchy have worked quickly to support the new manager’s squad overhaul, with Higuain emerging as one of the top targets for the former Napoli boss. Sarri had previously worked with Higuain in Naples for a year before the forward joined Juventus and the former Partenopei boss is now keen on a reunion with the Argentine forward at West London.
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According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are plotting a deal that involves Morata moving the other way in a cash-plus-player offer for Higuain. The forward underwhelmed in his first season at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are willing to let the 25-year-old Spaniard rejoin the Turin outfit. However, the Old Lady would favour just the cash in order to recoup some of the money they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo’s £100m signing from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail. It also remains to be seen whether Higuain, who earns a reported £240,000 a week in Juve, would prefer to make the move to England.
On the other hand, Morata arrived at Chelsea over a year ago as the club’s record signing but performed inconsistently, with fitness problems hounding 25-year-old. Conte did not see the striker as a good fit for his preferred system as well, prompting the Blues to secure the services of Olivier Giroud at the turn of the year. Morata scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Blues but ultimately was not selected for the Spain World Cup squad.