The 11 Chelsea players with contracts due to expire and those who could leave this summer
A look at the Chelsea contracts due to expire in the next year or so, and what decisions the Blues are likely to come to.
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Chelsea failed to manage a win in their last game before the international break.
Graham Potter will have been hoping to pick up all three points at home to strugglers Everton, but the Blues once again slipped up, conceding a late equaliser. Chelsea have left themselves with a mountain to climb as far as European qualification is concerned, and Potter is now under pressure as a result.
Though, with the international break taking hold, the Blues will have a little time to plan for the summer, before which time they will have to make decisions on some of their out of contract players.
With that in mind, we have taken a look at players who are out of contract in the near future, and what Chelsea are likely to decide.
Kante has suffered with injury issues throughout this season, but his fitness issues don’t look like they will stand in the way of a new deal. The Frenchman’s current deal expires this summer.
There has been talk of outside interest, namely from Juventus, but Chelsea are said to be closing in on a new contract agreement, with the midfielder happy to stick around at Stamford Bridge. This one seems straightforward.
Bettenelli is also out of contract this summer, and it seems Chelsea could move to keep their third-choice keeper around for now.
Reports suggest the Blues have held preliminary talks with the former Fulham keeper over sticking around for next season. There could well be a deal done before the summer.
Joao Felix (loan)
Onto the loan players, and Chelsea have a decision to make on Joao Felix this summer.
The on loan Atletico Madrid star did not come with an option-to-buy, so if Chelsea want to keep him, they are going to have to negotiate a deal with his parent club. Felix has impressed during his time at the club so far, but Atletico are not going to cut a deal on the cheap, given they bought Felix for more than £100million.
Denis Zakaria (loan)
Zakaria is another who is on loan until the end of the season, but there is an option-to-buy in his deal.
Specifically, Chelsea will have to pay just over £25million if they want to sign the midfielder. Though, with Zakaria having only played six Premier League games so far, it seems Chelsea are unlikely to make his stay permanent, especially given they might well want to keep Felix.
Chelsea haven’t been able to agree a deal with Mount, who is out of contract in the summer of 2024. The Blues still have a year to play with, but they won’t want the midfielder to go into the final year of his deal, and especially not with reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
Mount remains a key player at Stamford Bridge, but he is well aware of his worth, and the Blues are going to have to put their money where their mouth is to agree a new contract. If they can’t, they may well move to sell Mount this summer to help make room for a new signing, given the presence of Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Another who is out of contract in 2024, Kovacic has made 19 Premier League appearances this season, and at 28, it should be a no-brainer to extend the Croatian’s deal.
The latest reports suggest Chelsea do want to offer him a new deal, and talks are likely to take place after the season has finished. This is one to keep an eye on.
This one is far less clear. Pulisic is out of contract in 2024, and he may well leave the club this summer.
The winger hasn’t had the regular play-time he has wanted as he looks to continue his development, and he is starving for regular minutes. The USA international has admitted as much, and he could well be on his way this summer.
Given Chelsea have added Raheem Sterling and Mykhailo Mudryk to the position, it would be wise of them to get a solid fee for Pulisic this summer before he enters the final year of his deal.
Loftus-Cheek has featured regularly this season, making 19 league appearances, and out of contract in 2024, much will depend on what Potter’s plans are for his midfield.
If the Blues strengthen in midfield, Loftus-Cheek could yet pay the price, especially with Kante looking set to get a new deal. There is plenty of interest in the Englishman, according to reports, but it seems Chelsea are not yet sure whether they will offer a new deal.
Azpilicueta is now 33 years of age, and it looked as though he might leave before penning another deal last summer.
There are already talks that Barcelona could make a fresh move this summer, and Chelsea’s challenge will be to convince the Spaniard not to return to his home country this summer, let alone next summer.
Either way, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Azpilicueta has signed his last Chelsea contract. He will, of course, go down as a club legend, whenever he leaves.
Aubameyang has made 12 Premier League appearances so far, and it’s likely Chelsea will look to strengthen up top this summer.
If they do, it woudln’t be a surprise to see Aubameyang moved on ahead of next season. His contract ends in 2024, and if the Blues can get some money back on the free signing, don’t be surprised to see them take the opportunity.
Silva has been one of Chelsea’s best signings in recent years, but he is now 38 years of age.
The defender will be getting close to 40 by the time his next contract is due, in the summer of 2024, and while he has shown that age really can be just a number, it will surely catch up with the centre-back by then, at which point retirement or a return to Brazil will be more likely options.