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Over the past two decades, Chelsea have had a number of good, very good and world-class players at the club, especially since Roman Abramovich took over ownership of the club in 2003.
Check out these four players that shouldn’t have left the club when they did, as we believe that they left quite too early.
Diego Costa was the full package; talent, rage, eccentricity, deceit, deadly – Costa had it all. The Spain international helped Chelsea to two Premier League titles in three seasons at the club, but had to fall out with Antonio Conte before leaving the club for former side, Atletico Madrid.
Costa was a beast that was loved by his own fans but hated by opposition fans and players and kept the referees on their toes. With the Brazilian born striker, you’re sure of 20 league goals a season as well as goals in crucial games.
Indeed, he left too early and we’ve indeed missed his big game performances. Costa so far is yet to be replaced by the club. We’d only hope that youngster Tammy Abraham mature soon to fill his shoes.
Not much was expected from Ramires when he signed for Chelsea from Benfica in 2010. It didn’t take until the next season that we got to see the best of the Brazilian, and he went on to produce so many big game performances for the Blues, especially in 2012 when he helped us to the Champions League crown after a stunning goal and performance in the 2-2 draw against Barcelona.
Known for his pace, hard work and tenacity, Ramires left Chelsea four years ago while still at his prime after losing his place in Guus Hiddink’s team.
Now 33, Ramires left Chelsea at 29 and he still had so much to offer at the time.
Robben signed for Chelsea in 2004 from Dutch side PSV, and the Dutchman didn’t take long to prove himself as he helped the Blues win back to back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho.
Robben was known for his favoured left foot that no one seemed to have a grip on as he devastated opposition teams in the Premier League.
It was unfortunate that Robben spent only three years at the club and Jose Mourinho got rid of him afterwards as his persistent injury woes didn’t cause the Chelsea boss to trust him much for the future.
Robben went on to be a top player for 12 more years before retiring from the game just last season, after ten trophy laden years with Bayern Munich.
Ballack enjoyed a glittering career with Chelsea, winning the Premier League, two FA Cups, the League Cup and the Community Shield.
Ballack spent just four years at the club and was an instant hit, as Chelsea fans fell in love with him from the get-go.
The German has admitted himself that he left the club too soon.
Ballack recently told Sky Sports: “Carlo Ancelotti wanted me to stay but the club made a decision to only give players of that age a one-year contract. I wanted two.
“Today I can say maybe it was wrong, I should have stayed even for that one year.
“I could never imagine that I would go back to Bayer Leverkusen until the last day, I actually thought we would find a way at Chelsea.
“I was really hoping I could stay until the end.”