Three players have left Chelsea today, with two returning to their parent clubs after loan moves, while one becomes a free agent.
Strikers Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao return to Corinthians and AS Monaco respectively, while goalkeeper Marco Amelia becomes a free agent after his short one-year contract expired today.
The departure of these three players will not be seen as a massive loss to the club, after they accumulated a total of 12 Chelsea appearances between them during their time at Stamford Bridge.
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Falcao featured the most of the departing trio, appearing on 10 occasions in the Premier League, while Pato played just twice after joining in January. The South American pair scored a goal each but failed to make a serious impression under Guus Hiddink. Meanwhile, Amelia was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Italian was initially brought in as cover for Asmir Begovic while Thibaut Courtois was injured.
The futures of these players are not yet certain, but it's expected that Pato could join another top side. He is still seen as a top striker, despite injuries plaguing his career to date.
The Brazilian is still only 26 and still has a few years left at the top level, but for Falcao it is a different story. At 30, he may choose to stay at Monaco, as interest in the striker has dampened since his unsuccessful loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Amelia, who Chelsea signed in October last year as cover for Asmir Begovic, is the oldest of the three released players at 34. As a free agent, he may need to manoeuvre a move to a new club to extend his career further.
With Chelsea offloading a number of unwanted players already this summer, they are gradually making room for a few top signings to help Antonio Conte drive the club to glory next season.
After the Blues confirmed the trio departing the club, the fans didn't shy away from reacting to the news on Twitter:
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