Stamford Bridge set for major shake-up.
Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka are set to head the casualty list as Chelsea plan a second summer revamp.
Defenders Paulo Ferreira, Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov will also go, with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy preparing a radical overhaul of the squad over the next two years. And the future of Didier Drogba is up in the air as Blues bosses want the squad tailored to the requirements of £50million Fernando Torres rather than the Ivory Coast striker.
The changes are in the pipeline irrespective of the identity of the coach for next season, with Carlo Ancelotti still awaiting formal news of whether he will be sacked or allowed to see out the final year of his contract.
Owner Roman Abramovich is ready to sanction the next stage in the rebuilding of a squad that lost its league title this season due to a severe lack of depth and ageing players.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
These six stars cost Chelsea a grand total of £99.5m to bring to Stamford Bridge and have had varied levels of success at the West London club but it seems there is much talk of a clear-out as Roman Abramovich prepares to invest big sums to assemble the next generation of Blues stars.
Of the six mentioned perhaps the players who would most be missed would be Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda, the trio of attacking talent have been pivotal in the club’s success of the past few years but as the three are aged 33, 32 and 30 respectively, perhaps now is the time to start thinking about the future.
Chelsea did of course bring in Fernando Torres in January and the continued success of Daniel Sturridge out on loan at Bolton may well see the England youngster make more of an impact when he returns to the club and there has been much talk of the potential signing of Brazilian teenager Neymar.
Russian wide man Yuri Zhirkov has been described as an expensive mistake but to be honest the former CSKA Moscow man has not really been given much of a chance to prove himself. Paulo Ferreira is reportedly set to return to Portugal after seven years of good service. Jose Bosingwa has been fighting Branislav Ivanovic for the right back spot but appears to be heading to Italy where there is apparently interest from both AC Milan and Juventus.