Three Chelsea stars destined for the exit door

Chelsea are looking odds-on to win the Premier League this season, with their summer additions Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas playing key roles in the Blues being English football’s dominant force.

Despite the season not being over as yet, Jose Mourinho will have one eye on the transfer market and potential new faces to strengthen the West London side further ahead of next term. Although a number of new players arriving is likely, there are also a few players that seem set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign in spite of the Blues enjoying such a good season domestically.

With this in mind, here are THREE Chelsea players who should leave the club in the summer:

John Obi Mikel

Obi Mikel

The Nigerian midfielder has been on Chelsea’s books since 2006 and has played a role in various team triumphs during his time in England without ever being a star.

Nemanja Matic is now first-choice enforcer in the heart of the Blues’ midfield and so Mikel seems destined to be a fringe player at Stamford Bridge. However, with Mourinho starting to experiment with Kurt Zouma in the boiler room also, Mikel has slipped further down the pecking order and needs a move away from the club if he is to play week-in, week-out.

Coming into the prime years of his career, Mikel has experienced some success at Chelsea but should look to find a new club to maximise his playing time over the next couple of seasons.

Filipe Luis

NK Maribor v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday Four Group G

The Brazil international joined the Blues along with Costa from Atletico Madrid in the summer and arrived in England full of potential after playing a role in the Spanish side’s immensely successful campaign in 2013-14.

However, Luis has found Cesar Azpilicueta as an unmoveable object in the Chelsea left-back role and as such has not featured anywhere near as much as he would have liked. The skilful attacking full-back has started to become overlooked at national level and clearly needs a situation where he is playing more regularly.

A return to Spain seems logical, with his situation at Chelsea not set to improve any time soon.

Ramires

Ramires

Like Mikel, the Brazilian midfielder has been on the Blues’ books for a prolonged period and is a player that Mourinho trusts and relies on. However, this season Ramires has found his first-team opportunities dwindle and his importance to the club drop.

With the Fabregas-Matic central midfield axis unlikely to be broken, the former Benfica man’s best chance of playing regularly is on the right wing in the 4-2-3-1 system. Willian is the team’s first choice, but with Juan Cuadrado set to play an ever-increasing role as he acclimatises in England, Ramires may well be best served by ending his acquaintance with the current Premier League leaders.