3 Players That Might Have To Leave Chelsea This Summer To Save Their Careers

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Everyone is wondering how Chelsea will fare in the new season; the Blues will be without Maurizio Sarri and have also been hit with a transfer ban for two transfer windows.

Despite being hit with a ban, Chelsea still have a number of players and the Blues made a decision to keep the bulk of the squad for the new season. The likes of David Luiz, Oliver Giroud and Pedro have all signed new contracts to remain at Chelsea.

Despite the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Chelsea had beforehand secured the signing of Christian Pulisic and have now also secured the signing of Mateo Kovacic who was on loan last season from Real Madrid.

Season after season, Chelsea have over 30 players out on loan, and this loan army will have to play a good role at the club next season. Like Tammy Abraham had said, the club’s academy players are excited about the transfer ban and the youngsters are looking ahead to the new season.

Chelsea released Gary Cahill, Gonzalo Higuain and goalkeeper Rob Green at the end of the past season, and the Blues might have to make do with some players ahead of next season.

These three players might have to leave Chelsea this summer in order to save their career

1. Danny Drinkwater

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Chelsea signed Danny Drinkwater on transfer deadline day back in August 2017 from Leicester City under Antonio Conte. The Englishman never really made the breakthrough into the Chelsea first team as he was outside of the first team under Antonio Conte. He was a bit part player under Conte but never made the cut under Maurizio Sarri.

Drinkwater was deemed surplus to requirements by Sarri and only made the matchday squad in two games across all competitions – at home to Cardiff in September and against Derby in the EFL Cup, and he never featured for the Blues last season.

Sarri revealed in December that Drinkwater was free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses because the England international didn’t fit into his 4-3-3 system.

Explaining why Drinkwater hasn’t featured under him, Sarri said: “He knows very well, he has never played because in my opinion he is not suited to my system and my way of playing.

“I told him everything in August, he appreciated but decided to remain and so he knew very well the situation.

“He’s not adaptable, that is my opinion. I spoke with him in August when the market was open.

“I said to him to look for something different because in my opinion he doesn’t play. I said to him the reasons, my reasons, but he decided to stay.

“I have a very good relationship with him because in my opinion he is a good boy, a good player but he is not suitable for me.

“I don’t know [why he stayed], he hoped we could change the decision.”

Drinkwater hasn’t played football for a year, and it definitely looks like he won’t be needed for the new season. He never really broke into the Chelsea team and might have to leave Chelsea to save his career next season.

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