Chelsea have had a wealth of talent in the past decade or so under the owner Roman Abramovich. Some players turned out to be absolute gems such as; Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien etc.
But other players have been bought and sold by Chelsea, and have later turned out to be amazing players elsewhere.
So here we look at former Chelsea players who deserved more of a chance at Stamford Bridge. Which former Chelsea players should the Blues not have sold?
1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Yeah this one hurts a bit. Kevin De Bruyne is top of the list of the top 10 players Chelsea should not have sold. After Chelsea (then manager Jose Mourinho) sold the Belgian to VFL Wolfsburg in 2014 for £18 million, De Bruyne excelled. De Bruyne scored 10 goals and made a stunning 20 assists in the German Bundesliga in 2014/15.
The following season, he was sold to Manchester City for a then City club record of £55 million.
De Bruyne explained why he has no hard feelings towards Jose Mourinho after being sold due to them not getting along. The Belgian said he “didn’t care” and had no ill feelings towards it.
2. Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Juan Mata was one of the most beloved players at Chelsea during his three years at the club.
The little Spaniard had a reputation as being one of the nicest guys in football.
Mata even won Chelsea player of the year-two seasons in a row. But after Jose Mourinho re-joined Chelsea in 2013, the Portuguese manager barely played him as he preferred Oscar.
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah arrived at Chelsea in 2013, joining from FC Basel. The Blues signed the Egyptian up after terrorizing the Chelsea defence in a Champions League tie many years ago.
In 2014, Salah was loaned to Fiorentina as he couldn’t break into the Chelsea first team. Salah was sold to Roma for £15 million in 2015 after scoring 15 goals in the Serie A.
Liverpool came knocking and signed Salah up for around £34 million. Salah won the PFA player of the season award along with the Golden Boot
The 26-year-old is one of the top players Chelsea should not have sold.
4. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)
Nemanja Matic was always rock solid in the midfield at Chelsea. Matic was originally sold to Benfica in 2011 as he couldn’t break into the first team. But after only two seasons at the Portuguese club, Chelsea re-signed the Serbian in 2014. (Chelsea strangely have a habit of re-signing sold players years later).
In the 2014/15 season Matic made 36 appearances for Chelsea and helped the Blues win the Premier League title. Matic was known as “the spider” as he had very long legs at six-foot-four, and was able to displace the ball from opponents often. He was a rock. Bu then the following season, well we all know what happend. Chelsea were 10th and pretty much none of the players performed well.
The following season new manager Antonio Conte used Matic a lot and he helped Conte win the Premier League for Chelsea.
But in 2017, Matic was sold to Manchester United for £40 million after The Blues signed Tiemoue Bakayoko as his replacement.
Nobody knows why Chelsea sold him, but it’s turned out to be a bad decision.
5. Oriol Romeu ( Southampton)
Oriol Romeu was also one of the players Chelsea sold too early. In fact Oriol Romeu was never given a chance at Chelsea. Beginning his career in Barcelona, Romeu was signed by Chelsea in 2011.
He barely played for the Blues however, despite looking good whenever he did play, and he was subsequently sold to Southampton in 2015.
Romeu only made 33 appearances for Chelsea in three years at the club. Now at Southampton, Romeu has more than tripled that in roughly the same space of time, making 108 appearances for The Saints.
A good defensive midfielder who has a high passing rate and never gives the ball away.