The Chelsea hierarchy are bracing themselves for one of the biggest summer transfer windows and besides some players, manager Antonio Conte himself is on the verge of a potential departure from Stamford Bridge. And although the Italian has refused to quit his job before his contract expires, there are certain claims that he might very well get sacked should the Blues fail to qualify for Champions League. But the problems for Chelsea aren't limited to just the gaffer, as a report from the Daily Telegraph has quoted that should the aforementioned happens, as many as nine first-team players might face an exit from the club. While some might force to an exit, some might get sold and here is the list of it.
Chelsea became the third English club to get knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona thrashed them 3-0 in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. Despite playing a full-fledged attacking football, many branded this defeat as a result of 'individual errors' and stopper Thibaut Courtois came in the midst of heavy criticism. The Belgian was beaten in as early as the third minute and the way he conceded the goal was way too amateur for his standards. Courtois was literally nutmegged twice on an otherwise productive night for the Blues, but as mentioned, it was his mistakes, which knocked Chelsea out.
Chelsea missed a big presence in Thibaut Courtois against Manchester United yesterday and it did affect their performance one way or the other.
The Blues travelled to Old Trafford with a hope of building a new step in their title charge, however, their expectations were put down to ground as Manchester United completely outclassed them and put past two goals. Antonio Conte, on his part, had to make two changes in his squad as both Courtois and Marcos Alonso were dropped off due to respective reasons.
And now, Telegraph has reported that Courtois picked up an injury while filming a promotional basketball shoot and this led the towering Belgian to miss the all-important clash against Manchester United. The injury is quite intense and the source has further added that he might also miss the Blue's Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Real Madrid are all set to make a move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard in the upcoming summer, as per the reports from the Guardian.
It is all but understood that the Galacticos will make a major reshuffle in the squad as many of the players are being rotten on the bench. Players like Isco, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez are certain to the leave the premises in summer, hence, to fill the void, the Los Blancos will be looking add players up.