Chelsea today released the Champions League winning duo Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa following the expiration of their
contracts. Both players started the final in Munich and with still no confirmation of who will be in charge for next season
it is perhaps surprising that the pair, who have featured regularly this season, were let go for nothing.
Kalou joined the club from Feyenoord in 2006 for a fee thought to be in the region of £9 million but was never an automatic starter in his time at Chelsea. Under Andre Villas-Boas the Ivorian featured seldom but had been given more match time since Roberto Di Matteo replaced the Portuguese manager.
Jose Bosingwa, on the other hand, featured regularly under compatriot AVB's stewardship and actually started more game this season than in his previous two years combined. Bosingwa was bought for around £16 million in 2009 at the same time Portugal's national coach, Luis Felipe Scolari took charge in London.
Kalou and Bosingwa join Didier Drogba in departing the club this summer as Chelsea look to rebuild following a disapppointing league campaign. Champions League and FA Cup successes will show the season as being successful but throughout the campaign - particularly under Villas-Boas - the squad appeared aged and weary. Kevin de Bruyne has already been added to the squad and will join fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku who will hope to establish himself this season. Countryman Eden Hazard is also a target for Chelsea this summer but both Manchester clubs remain favourites for the former Lille player's coveted signature.
Arsenal are currently 5/4 favourites to sign Kalou. The 26 year-old rejected a contract offer back in September from Chelsea and will hope to secure regular football either at another Premier League club or abroad. At the moment only English clubs are quoted in the market for Kalou's destination with Spurs following Arsenal as second favourites at 6/1. See below for full odds.