Chelsea is still leading the 2021/2022 Premier League standings. The team nicknamed The Blues is firmly in first place with 16 points from seven matches played.
The team from London is one point ahead of Liverpool in second place, or two points above the duo Manchester United and Manchester City who both pack 14 points. Chelsea’s gait can not be separated from the depth of the squad made by Thomas Tuchel which is evenly distributed.
One of the most important signings for the Blues is the return of striker Romelu Lukaku who was transferred from Inter Milan.
Despite having an evenly distributed squad depth in every line, some players have yet to determine their future. The contracts of a number of Chelsea players will expire this season and have the opportunity to withdraw from Stamford Bridge.
Who are the six Chelsea players whose contracts expire at the end of the season and can leave for free? Here’s the list, as quoted from Planet Football .
1. Andreas Christensen
Danish defender, Andreas Christensen, is not yet known about his future with Chelsea. In fact, he appeared slick after the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as his coach at Chelsea.
Andreas Christensen was a key player when Chelsea won the Champions League last season. He looked stunning against Real Madrid in the semifinals, who then went down in the final, and contributed to presenting the big ear trophy.
Christensen has a chance to stay at Chelsea. According to reports, he is close to a new contract deal for a fee of 120,000 pounds (Ro2.3 billion) per week.
2. Antonio Rudiger
The former AS Roma player rarely appeared at Chelsea under Frank Lampard. But when Thomas Tuchel arrived, he was able to prove himself as one of the best central defenders in the Premier League.
According to reports, the German national team player has increased his salary to 200 thousand pounds (Rp3.87 billion) per week. It seems that Chelsea will soon be negotiating for a contract extension in order to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger began to be in demand by a number of big European clubs. Two of them are Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
3. Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta is the captain of the team who has been a mainstay for Chelsea for the last 10 seasons and made 400 appearances in all competitions. He also won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League, Champions League and finally the European Super Cup.
The Spaniard will certainly remain a key player under Thomas Tuchel, even if his contract expires soon. Given that he is still needed in the game, his contract extension is only a matter of time to stay with Chelsea.
4. Thiago Silva
The Brazilian defender came to Chelsea on a free transfer at the age of 35. Despite being criticized for his performances, he managed to prove himself last season by appearing 34 times and helped lead Chelsea to finish in the top flight of the Premier League and win the Champions League trophy.
So far, Thiago Silva also still has an important role like when Chelsea won 3-0 over host Tottenham (19/9/2021). The former AC Milan and PSG player not only scored but also became the best player in the match.
5. Lewis Baker
Lewis Baker, is a player who was predicted to be a future player for Chelsea and England by Jose Mourinho at that time. In fact Baker failed to live up to that expectation.
Since making his debut in his inaugural season in 2014, Baker has failed to become a first-team choice. Even for eight times had to be loaned to other clubs. The 26-year-old is still playing with the U-23 team. Need luck for him to break into the first team.
6. Charly Musonda
Chelsea signed the player at the age of 15, winning competition with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United for his signature in 2012.
Charly Musonda in the following years won 2 FA Youth Cup trophies and the UEFA Youth League. He briefly broke into the first team and scored when Chelsea featured in the English League Cup against Nottingham Forest in September 2017.
But unfortunately, Musonda suffered a posterior ligament injury while on loan from Dutch League club Vitesse Arnhem in the 2018 season. Since then he has only made four appearances in the Chelsea first team.