The Premier League has released it’s list of both contracted and non contracted players for the start of the new season.
The news is good for some, but for others it could spell the end of their time with their current club.
Some players on the list of leavers, however, don’t necessarily deserve to be heading to their respective clubs exit door. Our list of those players is as follows:
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The maverick and temperamental midfielder has long been a pain the back-side for all those have endorsed his consistent errancy by employing his serves at their football club.
There is though, a reason for several clubs standing by the 32-year-old. His vision, passing ability and understanding of the Premier League are rarely rivalled in the English game.
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The City youth product is currently striving to prove his fitness to potential new suitors in an array of twitter updates which show the midfielder on fitness training camps abroad and on exercise bikes. Whether any top clubs will come calling remains to be seen.
The resurgence of the once dubbed ‘new Paul Scholes’ has given precedence to an host of Premier League teams diving in for Cleverley’s signature this summer.
The former United man has won both the Premier League and Community Shield in his career and having rediscovered his form at Villa the 25-year-old could prove to be a key signing for mid-table teams.
Everton have already agreed a deal with the midfielder, proving he is still valued by some.
Vlaar is on the edge of being club-less too. The Dutch international, however, is in a position in which he will almost certainly be able to chose his next club.
It seems likely that the Villa man will leave his club this season with known admirers Manchester United waiting in the wings to snatch the 30-year-old once his contract expires.
The Chelsea hero first left the club in 2012, his last touch winning the Blues their first Champions League trophy in history. But with the return of one hero in Jose Mourinho, it seemed fitting that Drogba returned with him.
Whilst the Portuguese manager has kept his side winning, Drogba hasn't kept scoring. The 37-year-old isn’t quite as spritely as he once was and is now set for the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
Despite a poor season at the club Drogba deserves a new contract for everything he has done for Chelsea and their fans.
Manchester City have thus far decided not to renew Richards contract which expires this summer. The right-back will turn 27 in June, often around the age players reach the peak of their playing ability.
It seems strange the City would stick with Richards this long and dump him now as he reaches the prime age for footballers.
It would make sense to offer Richards a new deal and provide the Birmingham-born England international with some playing time next season to prove himself in a sky-blue shirt.