Stamford Bridge supremo to wield axe after a disappointing, trophy-less season.
Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League will signify the end of many careers at Stamford Bridge according to reports circulating in the sports press.
Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich will dramatically reduce the age of the squad this summer in an attempt to lower the wage bill and make the side more sustainable.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be shown the exit door after ending the season without a trophy despite leading the side to a league and cup double last year.
Stars such as Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are all on borrowed time as they are the wrong side of 30.
The clearout, which could total £62million, has already begun behind the scenes as Chelsea officials look for potential buyers for their big names.
Abramovich is unlikely to replace the players with big money alternatives and wants to see if his investment in the youth academy will pay off.
A number of youngsters are out on-loan, gaining valuable first-team experience, which should help the first-team next season.
Below we take a look at the staff who will leave, their valuation and possible alternatives.
In his first season he won the double. In his second he will get the sack. Perhaps Chelsea are the only English club that would treat their manager with such distain. The season started off bright enough but a slump around Christmas cost the team the Premier League and FA Cup. The defeat to Manchester United hammered the nail into the coffin as he is unable to bring the best out of record0signing Fernando Torres.
Alternative: Pep Guardiola, Rafael Benitez
Henrique Hilário; Value = £0m
The Portuguese goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season and it will not be renewed. Abramovich wants a youthful squad and re-employing Hilario would make no sense. He has often been the subject of ridicule by home supporters after a string of high profile gaffes.
Alternative: promotion for Ross Turnbull
Florent Malouda; £17m
The 30-year-old has struggled this season to hold down a starting place due to the emergence of Ramires and the change in formation. Was in the form of his life last year but has not reproduced it this campaign. Could still play a part as a squad player but the owner wants to cash in on him now.
Alternative: promotion for Gael Kakuta
Paulo Ferreira; £2m
The right-back has spent the last seven years at Chelsea and has seen off a number of challengers to his position. He came with Jose Mourinho from FC Porto and has been apart of all the Chelsea trophy wins. But age has finally caught up with him and he will be shown the exit.
Alternative: Jose Bosingwa and Branislav Ivanovic to fight for their place.
Didier Drogba; £15m
The Ivorian has given his best year’s to Chelsea and been the talisman in the side. But Fernando Torres’ arrival shows he is no longer the top ‘Drog’ at Stamford Bridge. His contract runs out in 2012 and Abramovich will want to cash in on him now.
Alternative: Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero
Nicolas Anelka; £12m
The Frenchman has been a consistent performer during his Chelsea years but he is another whose age has caught up with him. Perhaps his potential partnership with Torres deserves more time but with his contract expiring next season, he does not get that luxury.
Alternative: promotion for Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero
Frank Lampard; £16m
The vice-captain has given his all for the Chelsea shirt in the last 10 years and been voted the Chelsea player of the year three times. But his astronomical wage is counting against him and Abramovich wants him out. The Russian wants to cash in on him now while his value is still high.
Alternative: promotion for Josh McEachran and Gael Kakuta, Wesley Sneijder