Frank Lampard wasn’t able to sign any players for Chelsea last summer – but that didn’t stop him from selling some.
The Stamford Bridge legend quickly implemented his own philosophy after succeeding Maurizio Sarri, with the focus shifting towards blooding some of Chelsea’s homegrown stars.
Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been constants under Lampard, while Billy Gilmour and Faustino Anjorin have recently made their debuts.
Belgian superstar Eden Hazard was the first to depart Chelsea and several others followed him. Here’s what’s happened to every player who Chelsea sold last summer:
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Hazard’s dream move to Real Madrid hasn’t quite gone as he’d hoped. The Belgian’s season has been interrupted by niggling injuries, the latest of which saw him fracture his ankle in February.
He’s only scored once in 15 appearances for Madrid as a result and could end his first season in Spain without a trophy.
Hazard has also admitted that he was out of shape when he arrived at the Bernabeu in the summer after overindulging on holiday.
“It’s true,” he told L’Equipe. “I’m not going to hide it, but when I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation. I had put on five kilos, I’m the type to put on quickly and lose quickly if I’m careful.”
The Brazilian has started all bar three of Arsenal’s Premier League games but for much of the season his performances have been inconsistent.
Only Liverpool have lost fewer league matches than Arsenal this season though, so perhaps Luiz’s presence has improved the Gunners defensively.
Luiz was sent off against Chelsea in January on his first return to Stamford Bridge since his summer departure.
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