After Courtois, these are the Chelsea players whose contracts expire in 2019

first_imgWhen Thibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid, Chelsea avoided losing one of football’s best goalkeepers for nothing.The Belgian had one year left on his contract and would have been available for nothing in 2019, just like Pedro, who signed a new deal at the club to keep him there until 2020. tense Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Cesc Fabregas could leave Chelsea Cahill skippered Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2018 REAL DEAL 2. Olivier GiroudChelsea paid £18m for him in January and the striker signed an 18-month deal, so it appears he was always going to be a short term option. When Giroud moved across London from Arsenal it was because he wasn’t getting enough minutes on the pitch and the World Cup winner was recently linked with Marseille in his native France. It’s a move he never considered, however. “No, I am happy here at Chelsea,” he said. “I just arrived a few months ago and am just starting to settle well. I still have one year [of my contract] to go with Chelsea, plus maybe another one. I’m going to discuss that with the club at the right time. There is no rush.” Giroud’s signing did appear to be a short term solution punished David Luiz was expected to leave Chelsea this summer Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 3. Cesc FabregasNot many midfielders are better than him in possession of the ball, are they? He’s still better than Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, isn’t he? And he has only just turned 31, so you would imagine there will be plenty of takers, especially if he is available for nothing in 2019. 5 4. David LuizHe rarely played for the club during the second part of last season. A troublesome knee and Andreas Christensen didn’t help and it was believed he was on his way out. That may have happened if Antonio Conte had kept his job as manager, but he appears to be back in favour under new boss Maurizio Sarri, a man Luiz said he is loving life under. “I very much enjoy his attitude when I am working with him,” Sarri said of the Brazilian. “He is also a very good player and a very good defender. David is very good at building up action from our defence with the way he plays. David has a big future here. He will be very useful for us but not just on the pitch, he is also important in the dressing room.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Info from smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker 5 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 silverware REVEALED Chelsea news shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Chelsea have a number of other players entering the final year of their contract, though, and here, looks at four key men the Blues could decide to cash in on during this transfer window.There are actually eight players whose contracts expire in 2019, but Rob Green, Wily Caballero and Lucas Piazon won’t, in all likelihood, play much. Mateo Kovacic, meanwhile, is on loan at Stamford Bridge for the season.1. Gary CahillWhat a steal Cahill has turned out to be. The Blues signed him from Bolton in 2012 for £7million and it was thought the club would cash in on the 32-year-old during the transfer window. “The majority of Chelsea fans have been unbelievable to me, but there is maybe an element of five per cent always thinking ‘get the next best thing in’ or ‘move him on’. I can feel that in a certain percentage,” he told the Telegraph in May. He still played 27 times last season and the majority of fans will be sad to see him leave when he finally does head for the exit. REVEALED 5 5 Courtois spent three years on loan at Real’s local rivals Atletico Madrid possible standings last_img

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