Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Thibaut Courtois could all seek summer exits
Chelsea are fearful that four of their key first-team stars could be looking to leave the club over the summer.
The Blues have had a miserable few months on-and-off the field, despite winning the Premier League title back in May.
An abysmal start to the new Premier League campaign saw Chelsea‘s title-defence collapse before Christmas and it also saw the unlikely departures of Eva Carneiro and even more surprisingly Jose Mourinho.
The disputes off the field didn’t help matters on it and because of that, Chelsea are now in the bottom-half of the table after 20-games and are almost-certain to miss out on the top-four.
With that in mind and with the likelihood of no Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season, officials at the club are worried that key stars could look to jump ship.
The names mentioned are Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Thibaut Courtois.
Things have got so alarming around Chelsea that even a club source has admitted that they are fearful stars will leave over the summer despite being contracted to the club.
Club Source Fearful
A Blues source said: “Yes, they’re tied into deals but those contracts won’t stop rivals moving in at the end of the season.
“And they won’t stop our players considering their futures either. Contracts don’t count for a lot these days.”
The only bit of positive news for Chelsea is the fact that both Madrid clubs in Spain cannot make transfers during the summer or during the next winter window.
This means Costa, Hazard and Courtois may end up being stuck at Chelsea unless other parties become interested.
As for Oscar, he is once again being linked with a move to the Serie A champions Juventus.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt