Chelsea fans were hoping to win the Premier League this season because of the return of the coach under which they had won the title almost ten years ago. Unfortunately, some players are going to move for sure, as the squad is crowded with midfielders and strikers. Here's how they could line up next season.
Goalkeeper | Thibaut Courtois
The member of the current La Liga champions was lured away from Genk to Chelsea at the age of 19 and an impressing two seasons at the Belgian club. Just three years later, Courtois has become a subject of lots of transfer rumours, which include world's best teams.
However, Chelsea will work hard to return this youngster from Atletico Madrid and replace Cech with him.
Even Simon Mignolet has to sit on the bench whenever Courtois is fit for international action.
Right-back | Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has been one of the most consistent players at the club since the arrival in 2008 and there is no need to replace him.
He was nominated twice for the Chelsea Player of the Year award, but failed to win, as Juan Mata and Petr Cech ended up in first place. Ivanovic was also part of PFA 2009/10 Team of the Year.
Centre-back | John Terry
The captain always has a place ensured among the starting eleven. Terry, who captained England until international retirement, got his first chance as a captain at Chelsea back in 2001, becoming the club's leader in 2004.
Of course, there is another side of the English veteran. The betrayal of Wayne Bridge was a top story a few years ago, after being caught with Bridge's ex-girlfriend.
He should definetely remain a starter at the club, but should the armband be given to someone else?
Centre-back | Eliaquim Mangala
23-year-old French ace has turned into Porto's main player over the years. There were rumours that he would have joined the club in the winter transfer window, but there was no agreement between these two clubs.
Didier Deschamps has called him up for the World Cup, previously representing France only twice. If he does well in Brazil, Mangala's market value is likely to rise over this crucial few months and a place in Chelsea will await for him.
Left-back | Felipe Luis
Ashley Cole's time is up at this club. Since the arrival of Mourinho, the 33-year-old was mostly used as a substitute and didn't get much playing minutes in the Premier League. That is why Roy Hodgson hasn't picked him for the World Cup, meaning that Cole is retiring from the national team.
Chelsea are one of the most active clubs in the transfer windows and rumours involving anoter Atletico's player, Felipe Luis, are getting louder each day. Scolari hasn't picked him for the 23-men squad, but he was put on hold among six other players.
Nevertheless, after showing that his defensive quality is unquestionable, Chelsea are favourites in signing and make him the fifth Brazilian in the squad.
Defensive-midfield | Nemanja Matic
When Matic first signed a contract with the Blues in 2009, he wasn't given a chance at the club, playing only two games in the first season before being sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem.
Benfica, who currently have four Serbians in the team, bought him after the end of his loan in the Eredivisie. In just a few months, the midfielder got a chance to earn a place in the starting eleven under manager Jorge Jesus. He won the Primeira Liga Player of the Year award.
Now the 25-year-old is back at Stamford Bridge. In 2009, Chelsea had to pay £1.5 million. In January 2014, the transfer was almost 20 times bigger - £21 million. This is the reason why Mourinho should give other players the opportunity to shine playing for the senior team.
Central-midfield | Ramires
As well as David Luiz, Ramires was playing for Benfica before joining the Londoners. In his three years in the club, he has developed into one of the regular starters in the team, mostly sharing his position with Frank Lampard.
The 27-year-old has secured a place on Brazil's squad for the World Cup next month. Until now, Ramires was included in the national squad for more than 40 times, scoring a total of four goals for Selecao.
Attacking-midfield | Oscar
There is not much to say - when Juan Mata left for Manchester United, it was obvious that he would be replaced by this Brazilian youngster.
Chelsea's number 11 was a part of two Brazilian clubs - Sao Paulo and Internacional. He arrived to London in June 2012 and has made his place in the squad thanks to a string of admirable performances.
The only one who will try to jeopardize his position in the starting eleven of Brazil will be Bernard. Although he mostly plays as a winger in the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, the position of attacking midfielder would also suit him.
Left-wing | Eden Hazard
Without doubt, the Belgian has been one of the best Premier League players this season. Many impressive performances in all of the competitions made Mourinho realise there is no place on the bench for him.
It took him three years after the debut to score his first international goal. Unlike then, Hazard scores in every third match for the Blues - more than the club's stikers.
Belgium, who qualified for the World Cup in Brazil, will be one of the favourites in this competition because of many great young players - Kevin De Bruyne, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku and of course Hazard are just a few.
Right-wing | Willian
Mohamed Salah and Willian are both equally good, but I would give the advantage to the Brazilian. The ex-player of Anzhi Makhachkala is usually used as a substite, but the next season could be crucial for many Chelsea players, as well as for Willian.
Despite of making only five caps for Brazil, he was included in the World Cup squad, alongside David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar. The fight for this position is strong, and Willian should have a great pre-season to kick Salah out of the race.
Striker | Diego Costa
It is obvious that Eto'o, Torres and Ba haven't pleased the fans as they have almost scored the same number of goals together as the club's loanee Romelu Lukaku. All three are rumoured to leave the club this summer.
There is one simple question - why wouldn't they stick with Lukaku? He has shown incredible goalscoring skills at West Bromwich Albion and Everton, but as always, the club won't settle with just one forward if these three leave.
Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic were the biggest names involved in rumours to reinforce the squad for the upcoming season. Arsenal have also shown interest in Mandzukic who will probably become a Gunner, while Costa is most likely to become a new player of Mourinho's team.
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