Chelsea legend John Terry saluted his ex-teammates Ryan Bertrand and Andre Schurrle on his Instagram page following their January exits.
Bertrand made his loan move to Southampton permanent for a fee believed to be around £10million and Schurrle made his anticipated move to Wolfsburg for around £23million.
Terry saluted them as ‘great lads and great players’, but neither of them really made a significant impact at the club and struggled to gain first team experience.
Bertrand made just 57 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions since joining the club in 2006. Most of the 25-year-old’s football has been played on loan over recent years including the loan spell at Southampton before the Saints agreed to buy the left-back.
He is an impressive talent but Chelsea could not offer him the game time he wanted considering their remarkably strong squad.
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Schurrle also struggled to break into the first team despite showing glimpses of class during his fairly short spell at the club. The German only played 90 minutes of league action once this season and spent most of his time bench-warming.
Both moves were smart business by Chelsea and Jose Mourinho as both players would never break into the first team, especially with new signing Juan Cuadrado coming in. Mourinho essentially cashed in on two superfluous players in order to fund the signing of the Colombian.
Chelsea currently sit at the summer of the Premier League and look set to win the title for the first time since the 2009-10 season.