After owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government on Thursday morning March 10, a number of key first-team players are expected to leave Chelsea this summer.
Cesar Azpilicueta, the club’s captain, and central defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, whose contracts expire this summer, are among those anticipated to go.
After revealing plans to sell the club, Abramovich was one of seven billionaires to be punished with an asset freeze.
However, he has been stripped of any revenues, and the team has been barred from selling match tickets or recruiting new players in the future.
The news means that Charly Musonda Jr, a 25-year-old midfielder, will leave Chelsea when his contract expires this summer, along with loanee Saul Niguez, because Chelsea will be unable to exercise their option to buy the Atletico Madrid star
Prior to the suspension, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, and Christensen had all been prominently associated with exits, and it appears that they will all leave.
Despite earlier refusing to rule out the prospect of extending his contract, Rudiger, 29, has recently been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Newcastle United.
Barcelona are interested in signing Christensen and Azpilicueta on free transfers this summer after Tuchel admitted last week that he was concerned about losing key players of his squad.
‘The bottom truth is that we may not be able to avoid it – it is what it is,’ Tuchel added.
‘You never know; it might have a favorable or negative impact on the discussions.’
‘We cannot forecast, and I prefer not to do so because it causes me to lose focus, but everyone is in a different situation and has different feelings about it’ (the sale).
‘I’m still hoping for the best, and I believe we have something to contribute.’
Chelsea is and will continue to be a powerful club.’