Over the last few years, Chelsea have been spoilt by the steady stream of talent making its way from the Cobham based academy and into the first team, establishing themselves not just as regular starters at club level, but as internationals too.
But not every player will see their path to Stamford Bridge laid out before them so neatly, and though most dread being let go, just ask Declan Rice, some seek their own exit before they have even kicked a ball for the first team for another route to top flight football.
Here are four players who cut ties with Chelsea and made their own way in the game.
19-year-old Lewis Bate rejected a contract offer from Chelsea last summer ending a decade long association with the club. Though he made no appearances for the first team, appearing on the substitutes bench on just three occasions before opting to join Leeds United, he captained the youth team to the FA Youth Cup Final in 2020 and has represented England at under-17 and under-18 level.
Bate spent much of the first half of this season in the Leeds under-23s team before making his debut for the first team in January, though it hasn’t proved to be a fairy tale for the Sidcup native just yet. In his two appearances to date, both against West Ham United, he was subbed off at half-time on his debut and in his second appearance endured the humiliation of being a substituted substitute.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Musiala spent eight years at Chelsea between 2011 and 2019 before heading back to his homeland to join Bayern Munich aged 16. Musiala made ten appearances for the Bayern B team before making his Bundesliga debut on 20th June 2020 becoming Bayern’s youngest league player at 17 years and 115 days.
Since then, Musiala has made over 45 appearances for Bayern, scoring 9 goals in that period, not at all bad for a midfielder. Having represented both England and Germany at youth level, Jamal committed himself to the German national team and made 9 appearances since 2021, scoring once. You can expect to see him in Qatar at this year’s World Cup.
The now Southampton player was Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year just last season but as reported in July 2021, a contract extension could not be agreed and the right-back without a senior appearance, and with Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James ahead of him, moved on.
Livramento has impressed at Southampton and having graduated through the youth tiers, was subsequently called up to the England under-21s, having been born in Croydon; he is also eligible to play for Scotland due to his maternal parentage and Portugal due to his fathers.
It was reported at the time of the transfer that Chelsea had inserted a buy-back clause believed to be in the region of £25million in the deal for Livramento so he could yet make a senior appearance for the blues, watch this space.
An 18-year-old Patrick Bamford was bought by Chelsea in 2012 after he caught their eye following impressive performances for the Nottingham Forest youth team. Bamford went on to represent six different teams whilst under contract with Chelsea but never got close to registering an appearance for his parent club during his five-year stay.
Bamford failed to score for any of Crystal Palace, Norwich City or Burnley in the Premier League and returned to Championship side Middlesbrough, where he had previously spent a successful loan, after ending his association with Chelsea. Since his £10 million pound move to Leeds United in 2018 he has been promoted back to the Premiership, scored plenty of goals and won a cap for the England senior team.
Written by Rosy Cobb (@weknowwwa)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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