Dates to Remember: When Every Chelsea Player’s Contract Is Due to Expire

Chelsea are at something of a crossroads as 2017/18 nears its conclusion.

Even with a possible FA Cup triumph, it seems likely that manager Antonio Conte will be leaving his post at the end of the season. And, with the contracts of multiple players up for review over the next 12-18 months, this is a key period for the club moving forward.

Including countless individuals who have been in and around the first team squad but are currently on loan, here’s a look at when every Chelsea player’s contract is due to expire…

1. Expiring 30th June 2018

Willy Caballero (GK) – Has proven to be a reliable back-up goalkeeper since signing as a free agent from Manchester City last summer. Could earn a new 12 month deal.

Eduardo (GK) – The 35-year-old former Portugal number one has never actually played a game for Chelsea since signing in 2016, but remains a reasonable number three goalkeeper.

Matej Delac (GK) – Bizarrely, the Bosnian is Chelsea’s longest serving player after joining the club in 2009. He’s never played a game and has agreed to join Danish side Horsens in July.  

2. Expiring 30th June 2019

Thibaut Courtois (GK) – The fact that the Belgian goalkeeper has not signed a new contract is cause for concern. It could happen this summer, but Real Madrid are waiting to pounce. 

David Luiz (DF) – After a surprisingly good 2016/17, injury has ruled him out of much of the current campaign and Chelsea have to decide whether he warrants a fresh deal.

Gary Cahill (DF) – Age is catching up with the club captain and it may well be that he moves on this summer if other defenders are brought in and a suitable offer is made.

Wallace (DF) – Like Delac, another who is yet to play for Chelsea despite joining a number of years ago. His last loan away from the club was terminated almost a year ago.

Cesc Fabregas (MF) – Soon to turn 31 and no longer a guaranteed starter, it may be that a one or possibly two-year extension is best the Spaniard can hope for in the coming months.

Pedro (MF) – Has arguably not done enough since his £21m move from Barcelona almost three years ago and could be moved on if there is to be a summer shakeup.

Olivier Giroud (FW) – Only signed an 18-month contract when he joined from Arsenal and that is unlikely to be extended by more than a year at a time given he’ll be 32 in September.

3. Expiring 30th June 2020

Cesar Azpilicueta (DF) – Likely to take over as full time captain if Cahill goes. He last extended his contract in December 2016 and could get a new one this time next year.

Eden Hazard (MF) – Chelsea are desperate to tie the Belgian down to a new long-term deal. The worry is that he may feel the time has arrived for a new challenge. Enter, Real Madrid.

Willian (MF) – Will have turned 30 by the time next season kicks off and continues to be linked with a move away. Chelsea don’t need to rush, but he is an important player.

Ola Aina* (DF) – Has been on loan at Hull in the Championship in 2017/18 after making six first team appearances last season. Remains to be seen if he’ll have a future.

Matt Miazga* (DF) – Soon to turn 23, the American centre-back hasn’t played for Chelsea since 2016 and could well be another of those players perennially loaned out.

Baba Rahman* (DF) – Part way through an 18-month loan with Schalke, having earlier spent the 2016/17 season with the German club. Injured since February 2017.

Jeremie Boga* (MF) – Actually made his senior Chelsea debut against Burnley in August before being sent on loan to Birmingham in the Championship.

Kenedy* (MF) – Newcastle are interested in signing the Brazilian winger on a permanent deal after he has helped turn round the Magpies’ season since moving to Tyneside in January.

Marco van Ginkel* (MF) – Has played just four times for Chelsea since joining the club in 2013 and this is his third season on loan with PSV Eindhoven in his native Netherlands.

4. Expiring 30th June 2021

Marcos Alonso (DF) – The Spaniard, who recently made his senior international debut, has been a revelation after arriving from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016.

Davide Zappacosta (DF) – Very much a panic buy last summer and it seems unlikely that the Italian full-back will have a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

N’Golo Kante (MF) – Still on the initial five-year contract he signed upon joining the club from Leicester. It is almost certain that it will be renewed in the next year or two.

Victor Moses (MF) – Finally established himself as a wing-back under Antonio Conte after unsuccessful loan spells at Liverpool, West Ham and Stoke.

Tomas Kalas* (DF) – Joined Chelsea in 2011 and has made just four appearances. None of those have come since 2014 and he is currently on a seventh loan away.

Jake Clarke-Salter* (DF) – Has been on loan at Bristol Rovers and Sunderland since making his senior debut in April 2016. Another loan looks more probable than a first team chance.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek* (MF) – A loan spell at Crystal Palace has shown that the midfielder can play in the Premier League. Now might be the time to sell with his market value high.

Izzy Brown* (MF) – A loan at Brighton this season was cut short due to a knee ligament injury suffered in January. Another loan when fit would seem most appropriate at this stage.

Michy Batshuayi* (FW) – Enjoyed a fine second half of the season on loan at Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea might be unwilling to sell for a loss and so could loan him out again.

5. Expiring 30th June 2022

Antonio Rudiger (DF) – Has been in and out of the team at various times in his season, never playing more than four Premier League games in a row before being rested/dropped.

Andreas Christensen (DF) – Has proven that not every Chelsea player who goes out on loan will never have a real future with the club. Thriving in David Luiz’s absence.

Emerson Palmieri (DF) – Signed as a back-up to Alonso in January and has only played sparingly so far. Next season will be a better indicator of where the Brazilian is at.

Tiemoue Bakayoko (MF) – Hasn’t been the all-action midfielder that fans were hoping to see. Still has plenty of time to improve before his contract situation becomes an issue.

Danny Drinkwater (MF) – Already tipped to leave Chelsea less than 12 months after his £35m summer arrival from Leicester. Not quite as good as the club had hoped.

Alvaro Morata (FW) – Tied down to a long-term deal, but whether the former Juventus and Real Madrid forward will last remains to be seen. Has often come across as unhappy.

Charly Musonda* (MF) – The 20-year-old has struggled to impress since joining Celtic on an 18-month loan in January. Was frustrated he wasn’t part of the first team at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham* (FW) – Described as the ‘future of Chelsea’ by Antonio Conte last summer, but only five Premier League goals on loan at Swansea will have disappointed the youngster.

6. Expiring 30th June 2023

Ross Barkley (MF) – Quite why the club invested £15m on the Everton man remains something of a mystery. As things stand, he won’t see the end of his contract.

Kurt Zouma* (DF) – Signed a new long-term contract with Chelsea before heading off on loan to Stoke last summer. A season that looks set to end in relegation hasn’t helped his stock.

*indicates player has been out on loan during 2017/18 season


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.