Goodness me, what a week it’s been at Stamford Bridge? First came news that Carlo Ancelotti was planning a summer clear-out, which would see the end of Florent Malouda, Yuri Zhirkov, Jose Bosingwa and Daniel Sturridge’s time at Chelsea.
Today, it would appear that ‘Crazy’ Carlo’s Mega Sale has widened to include two Chelsea legends amongst those names due to be up for sale in the Summer. Like a dead elephant, bits are starting to drop off the Chelsea team, and the vultures are starting to circle overhead.
Frank Lampard and John Terry could join Didier Drogba and a host of other Chelsea stars in the Summer exodus from Stamford Bridge, according to the Sunday Mirror. Abramovich is planning to invest heavily in the squad over the transfer window, and Chelsea are desperate to bring in some fresh blood to strengthen the club’s assault on next season’s title. As a result, Chelsea ‘elders’ like Terry and Lampard could be shown the door by the Russian.
The average age of the Chelsea squad is creeping nearer and nearer to 30, so it comes as no surprise that many of the squad’s veterans are being put out to pasture by the owner. The 23 year old David Luiz, was signed as a replacement for John Terry, and the Blues are on the lookout for a younger player to replace 32 year old Frank Lampard. Both Terry and Lampard have struggled with injuries this season, and whilst they are both fan favourites at Stamford Bridge, Abramovich is eager to see some younger talent being brought to the club.
Lampard has been at Chelsea for the past 11 years and has scored over 100 goals for the club. Possible replacements that have been suggested include Real Madrid’s Kaka and Dutch maestro Wesley Sneijder. Terry meanwhile has spent virtually his whole career with the Londoners, making over 300 appearances. If Chelsea do decide to sell their talismans, it will be interesting to see if either of them stay in England or choose to move abroad.
The news may be worrying for some Chelsea fans, but I have noticed a certain amount of you commenting that perhaps it’s time for Lampard to move on. This might not be such bad news after all. It does show a certain amount of intent from both Ancellotti and Abramovich, and if they do decide to sell the financial rewards for both those players could still be great.
Think of it as pruning a hedge, rather than pouring gasoline on it and burning the whole thing down!
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