7 Chelsea loanees who have had successful seasons

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After a season in which the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Branislav Ivanovic have disappointed, Chelsea fans can at least console themselves with the fact that some of their players have enjoyed good campaigns – and that doesn't just mean Willian. 

With almost 30 different Chelsea players loaned out to clubs across the continent and beyond, there have been plenty of success stories along the way.

Here are seven of the most notable.


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1. Papy Djilobodji

Signed from Nantes last summer, Djilobodji played just one minute of first-team football before embarking on a mid-season move to Werder Bremen.

Named in the Bundesliga team of the week on two occasions since then, the Senegal international has also bagged two important goals, including a winner on the final day against Eintracht Frankfurt – an 88th-minute strike that secured the club’s Bundesliga status for another year.

2. Nathan Ake

The Dutch prospect moved to Watford on a season-long loan with the Hornets keen to bolster their defensive options ahead of a potentially difficult campaign back in the top-flight.

However, the Hornets exceeded all expectations under Quique Sanchez-Flores, avoiding any kind of relegation dogfight altogether and even reaching an FA Cup semi-final along the way.

Ake played an active role throughout, scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 league victory over Liverpool.

3. Charly Musonda

Loaned out to returning La Liga side Real Betis back in January, the Belgian winger played his part in ensuring Seville's other club avoided the drop with games to spare.

Man of the Match on his debut against Valencia, Musonda also bagged a goal in an important 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

Having sought a move away from Stamford Bridge in order to prove himself at a higher level, albeit temporarily, it looks like it was a wise move. 

4. Mohamed Salah

Having spent last year at Fiorentina, Salah was loaned out to a Serie A side for a second successive season, this time heading to Roma's Stadio Olimpico. The deal gives the Giallorossi the option to purchase the Egyptian outright this summer. 

And they may well want to consider it, as Salah has bagged 15 goals in all competitions this term and provided a further six assists. 

The 23-year-old is one of the fastest players in the Italian top-flight and has been tipped to spearhead a renewed Roma title challenge next term.

5. Tomas Kalas

Part of the Chelsea starting line-up that crushed Liverpool's title hopes back in 2014, Kalas spent this season on loan at Middlesbrough, where he was a regular under Aitor Karanka.

The 23-year-old made 26 appearances in the Championship, helping Boro secure automatic promotion to the Premier League as runners-up in the process.

He may also have played his way into contention for the Czech Republic squad for Euro 2016.

6. Andreas Christensen

An integral member of the Chelsea squad that won the UEFA Youth League in 2015, Christensen was given the opportunity to join Borussia Monchengladbach on a two-year loan deal and has rarely looked back since.

Previously popular with Jose Mourinho, who identified the Dane as one for the future, the 20-year-old helped Gladbach recover from a slow start to the season to secure Champions League qualification for a second successive year.

He will be hoping them to go one better than last term's meek group stage exit from the competition. 

7. Juan Cuadrado

Sent out on loan to Juventus after mustering just 13 Premier League appearances, mostly as a substitute, for Chelsea, Cuadrado rediscovered his confidence upon returning to Italy and has been instrumental in helping the Bianconeri secure a fifth consecutive title.

The 27-year-old versatility and hard work have shone through with the Colombian contributing five goals and five assists to the Turin club's cause, including one memorable strike against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte may want to keep hold of him next term.

Should any of these players get in Chelsea's team next season? Have your say in the comments. 

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