Christensen quits Chelsea ahead of planned transfer to Barcelona as Blues release four players as free agents

The Danish defender and former England international midfielder are among those bidding farewell to Stamford Bridge at the end of their contracts.

Chelsea have completed their list of released players at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, with Andreas Christensen and Danny Drinkwater among those leaving Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have confirmed that four members of their senior squad will join Antonio Rudiger, who previously linked up with La Liga giants Real Madrid, to bid farewell to west London.

Chelsea will certainly be looking to bring in another proven centre-half, with Christensen also set to travel to Spain and sign for Barcelona.

Who did Chelsea release as free agents?

Denmark defender Christensen has been heading for the exits for some time, with the 26-year-old centre-half among those to have seen a Barca transfer speculated.

Chelsea said on their official website: “Christensen’s contract at Chelsea expires this summer, ending his 10 years as a Blue, during which he graduated from our academy and went on to earn a regular place in our senior squad. , playing 161 games.

“He would enjoy success in the FA Cup, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and, most importantly, the Champions League. He came off the bench in the first half of the final at Porto last year and played a crucial role in our defensive efforts when we beat Manchester City.

The Blues have also confirmed that Drinkwater, who has three senior England caps, will leave after five years with the club.

He was picked up from Leicester in 2017, having helped the Foxes win a stunning Premier League title some 12 months earlier.

However, the 32-year-old midfielder never settled down and is leaving after making just 23 appearances with more playing time on loan spells at Burnley, Aston Villa, Kasimpasa and Reading.

Who else have Chelsea allowed to move on?

The Blues have announced Belgium winger Charly Musonda is leaving, with a man who picked up two FA Youth Cups and a UEFA Youth League crown while in the Blues’ academy ranks with just seven appearances at first-team level.

He spent time on loan at Real Betis, Celtic and Vitesse, with a permanent deal currently in demand.

The fourth man to leave Chelsea at the end of his contract is Jake Clarke-Salter.

The 24-year-old former England Under-21 international had the option of a 12-month extension with the Blues but negotiated his release.

He has spent time with Birmingham and Coventry in recent years and is aiming to move up to a competitive Championship club.

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