During Jose Mourinho’s two spells at Chelsea, the Portuguese manager delivered great success but questions remain regarding the top quality players he let leave the club; which includes talented playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, and the free-scoring Romelu Lukaku.
Here is a Chelsea starting XI comprised of players sold while Mourinho was in charge.
Petr Cech – While the Czech had to leave so that Thibaut Courtois could secure his long-term place at the club, there are many who perhaps regret selling the shot-stopper to title rivals Arsenal for a measly £10m, and some still prefer the experienced goalkeeper to the young Belgian.
Filipe Luis – Though Luis stated upon his move that this was “a dream come true”, the Brazilian full back was ultimately used Sparingly during his time at Chelsea, with Mourinho instead preferring to play Cesar Azpilicueta in his place.
David Luiz – Yes he’s back now and the Blues got an incredibly good deal, having sold him to PSG in 2014 for a record-breaking £50m, the highest fee ever paid for a centre-back. The Stamford Bridge club then bought him for 60% of that price at just £30m in 2016, and he’s now an integral part of Antonio Conte’s starting eleven.
Ryan Bertrand – Though he technically played for Chelsea for 9 years, he only ever made 28 appearances, instead spending almost all of his time out on loan at various clubs, eventually settling at and being sold to Southampton. Now a regular for the club, he’s finally getting the game time he deserves as well as showing his worth.
Andre Schurrle – While he never went on to reach the heights of some players on this list, it’s no lie that Andre Schurrle always showed potential. Having scored 12 goals in his final season with Wolfsburg and afterwards making a move to fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, it’s fair to say he hasn’t done too badly since his Stamford Bridge departure.
Frank Lampard – Lampard left the Blues in 2014 and replaced them with the Sky Blues for a season, a season in which he scored 8 goals across all competitions and proved that he still had it in him to play for a top Premier League side.
Michael Essien – The central midfielder played for Chelsea for 9 years before leaving for Milan in 2014. He has since been with a new club every season and has failed to really settle again, which is a shame given his talent.
Kevin De Bruyne – Kevin De Bruyne has come on leaps and bounds since his time at Chelsea, first showcasing his talents at Wolfsburg before making a £55m switch to Manchester City in the summer of 2015. He has since gone on to prove that he should have never been let go, and is now considered to be one of the best talents in the Premier League.
Juan Mata – One of the best players in the league in terms of technical ability, Mata was constantly frustrated with boss Jose Mourinho, who only saw him as a substitute for the team and never really a first team player. It’s ironic, then, that the two have now reunited at Manchester United, where the same thing happened again.
Daniel Sturridge – Although he’s not exactly a fan favourite at Liverpool due to his recurring injury problems and inability to fit into Klopp’s system, his technical ability has never been in doubt. Look no further than his 2013/14 campaign in which he finished as the next top scorer in the Premier League after Luis Suarez.
Romelu Lukaku – Lukaku has recently broken a number of Everton records, including scoring their fastest ever Premier League goal, equaling and then surpassing Duncan Ferguson’s club record for Premier League goals, and also being the first Everton player since Bob Latchford to score 20 or more goals in all competitions for 3 consecutive seasons.