Chelsea is currently one of the top English and European clubs. The London giants are one of three teams that have won at least five Premier League titles and are currently also the reigning Champions League champions.
Since being taken over by Roman Abramovich in the early 2000s, Chelsea has become a new force in English and European football. In 2012, they won the Champions League for the first time and won it again almost a decade later.
Recently, Chelsea won the Club World Cup title. In the process, the Blues became the fifth club to successfully win a major trophy in club level competition.
Considering the incredible history and journey, there are a number of clubs that have shined and become stars at Chelsea. Even the current squad is considered the best.
Although the club’s directors have often been impatient with players and coaches who have not performed optimally in recent years, a number of Chelsea players who have performed brilliantly have been able to enjoy a trip with the West London club.
In fact, quite a lot of players who have defended Chelsea for a long time until now. As reported by Sportskeeda, here are the five longest-serving players at Chelsea:
Antonio Rudiger, 4 Years 7 Months
Antonio Rudiger arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017. However, it is only recently that he has become a mainstay in the Chelsea first team .
The 28-year-old is known as a central defender with the best goal-scoring ability at the moment. Nearly 200 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, the German has scored 10 goals and provided 7 assists.
Rudiger is a player who was discredited in the Frank Lampard era, even almost leaving the club. However, when Thomas Tuchel arrived, the German centre-back earned a place and played an important role in the Blues’ journey to the Champions League title last season.
With a contract that expires next summer, Antonio Rudiger is on the radar of a number of top European clubs. He is expected to leave Stamford Bridge as Chelsea struggle to meet demands for a big salary increase.
Marcos Alonso, 5 Years 5 Months
Marcos Alonso has been at Chelsea since joining from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016.
The 31-year-old has made nearly 200 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea. He has also scored 26 goals and 20 assists for the Blues.
This season, Marcos Alonso, who is renowned as a set-piece specialist, scored his 50th direct free-kick for Chelsea in the Premier League era.
He has recently featured frequently as Ben Chilwell had to end the season early due to an injury he picked up at the end of 2021.
The Spaniard is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the near future.
N’Golo Kante, 5 Years 6 Months
N’Golo Kante has been a key Chelsea player since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 after guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title.
The Frenchman adapted quickly at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues win the league title. Considered the best defensive midfielder, Kante has made 250 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 13 goals and registering 12 assists.
He was a key player in Chelsea’s success in winning the Champions League last season. Kante also won his fifth trophy with the club when Chelsea beat Palmeiras to the Club World Cup title last week.
The French player’s contract expires in the summer, where the Blues want to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Andreas Christensen, 6 Years 7 Months
Andreas Christensen has been a Chelsea player since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2017. Still just 25 years old, the Danish centre-back has experienced the ups and downs of a career at Stamford Bridge.
Christensen has made just 150 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, scoring twice and providing so many assists. One thing that is interesting, the two goals he scored just happened this season.
With his contract expiring next summer, Christensen, who is one of the club’s lowest-paid players, is expected to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
Cesar Azpilicueta, 9 Years 5 Months
Cesar Azpilicueta had a successful decade-long career with Chelsea . Since arriving from Marseille in the summer of 2012, the 32-year-old has made 450 appearances for the Blues.
The Spaniard became the first Chelsea player to win all major trophies with the Blues after his side beat Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final last week.
Azpilicueta has won the Premier League and Europa League twice with Chelsea. He also won the Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League Cup and European Super Cup with the Blues.
The player who was asked to captain Chelsea in the Club World Cup final will expire next summer. He rejected a number of speculations about his future through a number of interviews. The latest news says he will return to Spain and join Barcelona.