In one of the most protracted contract sagas of recent times, Frank Lampard has done all that is possible to earn himself a new deal that would tie him to Stamford Bridge for the rest of his career.
Although there have been contrasting reports in recent weeks as to whether he will sign a contract extension or not, Lampard is not the only Chelsea players whose future is as yet undecided, and as it stands, look set to become unattached in the summer.
In Chelsea’s double-winning season of 2009/10, Malouda was voted Chelsea’s player of the season. However, since the exit of Carlo Ancelotti in May 2011, he has struggled to reassert himself as a first-team player.
After a transfer request last summer failed to materialise in a move away from the club, the Frenchman has been resigned to training with the U21s.
A move in the summer, if not beforehand, is a certainty.
After joining Chelsea in July 2010, Benayoun found his chances at Stamford Bridge limited and has since been loaned out for further first-team opportunities.
He enjoyed a relatively successful spell at Arsenal, scoring six goals and even captaining the Gunners in their League Cup defeat against Manchester City.
Benayoun has made a couple of appearances since returning to Chelsea after an injury cut short his most recent loan spell West Ham United, he is likely to find himself surplus to requirements in the summer.
Ferreira joined Chelsea as part of the Jose Mourinho revolution after winning the Champions League with FC Porto.
A regular starter in his first few seasons at Stamford Bridge, the right-back has slipped down the pecking order to such an extent that to even describe him as a squad rotation player would be generous.
Reliable, but far from spectacular, Ferreira possesses an enviable trophy cabinet, remaining the only player currently plying his trade in England to have Champions League, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup winners’ medals. That said, his deal will not be renewed.
Hilario, the perennial bench-warmer, joined Chelsea as a third-choice goalkeeper in 2006 as back-up to Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini.
His appearances have been limited to deputising in the event of injury or suspension and he has never staked a serious claim for a first-team place.
Hilario plans to retire at the end of the season and so no negotiations have taken place regarding an extension.
Turnbull signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2009 and immediately expressed his desire to push Petr Cech for a starting spot.
However, like Hilario, Turnbull has found chances to impress in the first-team limited and although he has established himself as second choice ‘keeper, Chelsea’s attempt to sign Jack Butland from Birmingham City in the January transfer window does not bode well for Turnbull’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
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