Five Chelsea stars Conte should axe ahead of his Blues revolution – agree?

It is safe to say that Antonio Conte has some big decisions to make this summer.

Major changes are needed at Chelsea, not just because of the miserable performances at times last season but because of the ill-feeling in the squad that seems to have stemmed from the end of Jose Mourinho’s tenure in 2015.

There still looks to be some players at Stamford Bridge who would rather be elsewhere, and that has shown in numerous performances last season.

While there will undoubtedly be plenty of new arrivals in West London which should excite fans and ignite a new era at Chelsea, there will first need to be some departures from a squad who, at times last season, looked tired, slow, overpaid and frankly not bothered.

So here are FIVE Chelsea stars Conte should consider axing before the new season…

Branislav Ivanovic

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In a rather large crowd of Chelsea players who did not live up to expectations last year, Branislav Ivanovic was front and centre.

The Serbian was simply appalling at times and looked tired, nervous and truthfully, not bothered.

He has had a fantastic tenure at Chelsea but his age and his performances last season mean that the 32-year-old’s future should be seriously considered.

Diego Costa

Diego Costa

A man who already looks like he has booked a flight back to Madrid, Diego Costa was badly out-of-form for large parts of the season and failed to replicate his fantastic first term in England.

His combative style that won him the praise of so many initially now looks more like venomous frustration, something which needs to filter out of Stamford Bridge very quickly.

Loic Remy

Remy

It has not been an easy couple of years for Loic Remy. Granted, the Frenchman was undoubtedly aware of the limited role he would have at Stamford Bridge, but it now seems to be stifling his once promising career.

Both player and incoming manager will likely agree that a move away from the club is best for both parties.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

The best player in the Premier League just a year ago, Eden Hazard was woeful last campaign and looked like arrogance had replaced hard work in his game.

It seems that the Belgian was part of the insidious agenda that rocked Stamford Bridge last campaign. If Conte believes that poor performances combined with a want away attitude is damaging for the club, the 25-year-old may have to go.

John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea)

Now one of the longest serving players in the Chelsea squad, Jon Obi Mikel is the stage of his career where first team football is necessary.

While his performances for Chelsea have always been hit and miss, Mikel would argue that this is due to inconsistent game time.

Conte will want a re-shuffle in the middle of the park, and Mikel could well be one of the unfortunate casualties.

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