Chelsea announce exit list with four more stars including Andreas Christensen and Charly Musonda
CHELSEA have announced the clubs’ exit list for the end of the 2021/22 season.
After a season that saw the Blues win the Club World Cup and reach the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, a number of stars have been released following contract expirations.
Among the most notable names on the list are Andreas Christensen, Danny Drinkwater and Charly Musonda.
Of those 24, Christensen had the most profound impact on the first team – winning six trophies with the Blues, including the Champions League when he came off the bench for an injured Thiago Silva in the final.
The centre-half made 161 appearances for the Chelsea first team, scoring two goals and registering two assists.
He ends a 10-year association with Chelsea and is now expected to join Barcelona.
Drinkwater joined Chelsea from Leicester City two seasons after helping Leicester City win an unprecedented title in 2015/16 but made just 23 appearances in his time at Stamford Bridge.
In a heartfelt and brutally honest assessment of his time at the club, Drinkwater described the £35million transfer as “a business decision gone wrong”.
The 32-year-old said: “I, the club and the fans are extremely disappointed with the result, there’s no doubt about that.
“The injuries, the way I was treated, the mistakes I made, the pitch problems, the lack of playing time…the list of excuses could be endless but I wouldn’t and can’t change what happened.
“Football is a fantastic sport, but for both parties it was a business decision gone wrong, it’s as black and white as that.”
Musonda’s time at Chelsea would eventually become another victim of Chelsea’s ruthless loan system.
The 25-year-old joined the Blues Academy as a researcher in 2013 and was part of youth teams that won numerous accolades including the FA Youth Cup and the Under-21 Premier League.
The attacking midfielder has made just seven first-team appearances, spending the majority of his time as a senior player either on loan or sidelined through injury.
Jake Salter-Clarke, 24, was also on the list, appearing only twice for Chelsea’s senior side during a 16-year association with the club.
He was on loan with Coventry in the Championship last season where he appeared 31 times.
Antonio Rudiger has also been noted at the top of Chelsea’s list, but a move to Real Madrid was confirmed for him earlier this month.