Contracts for defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen are due to end in the summer. The Blues may be facing serious challenges within their playing team now since team owner Roman Abramovich has just been blacklisted by the British government.
Chelsea is now expected to release up to ten players before the end of the regular season, with no prospect of offering them new contracts. The unveiling comes after the UK government sanctioned Roman Abramovich after his connection with Russian President Vladimir Putin fell underneath heavy scrutiny.
The Blues’ owner has been listed on the most recent list of sanctions placed on Russian entrepreneurs residing in the United Kingdom, making it nearly impossible for him to sell the club.
Antonio Rudiger – the most recognized and sought-after player on the list, the German has long been a want for Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Barcelona. Having said that, given his reputation as one of the Premier League’s top defenders, Chelsea remained hopeful of agreeing on contract renewal and extending his stay.
Andreas Christensen – Given the numerous speculations linking him to Barcelona, the Danish central defender is highly anticipated to leave Stamford Bridge. Cesar Azpilicueta Azpilicueta’s near future was uncertain, and even though it is prevalently believed that Thomas Tuchel was desperate to keep the Blues icon at Stamford Bridge. It has become more unlikely that the defender will travel to his home nation of Spain to play out the remaining of his career in La Liga.
It is a severe hardship for the club, as merchandise and ticket sales were also hampered as a consequence of the development. Chelsea will be allowed a special license to keep playing, but any revenues will be relinquished by Abramovich. That means tonight’s game with Norwich in Carrow Road will go ahead as scheduled. However, with solely season ticket holders eligible to attend the game against Newcastle on Sunday, Stamford Bridge could perhaps look very different.