- De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah played for Chelsea before they left the Blues
- They did not get active playing time at Stamford Bridge which forced them to leave
- Romelu Lukaku also had the same experience at Chelsea before he departed
Premier League giants Chelsea are one of the successful clubs in the English topflight considering the number of titles they have won and also the players who have played and playing for the Blues.
Chelsea was founded in 1905 by Gus Mears, and the Blues as they are being called have won more than 30 titles since then, including six League titles and also European crowns.
Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich is the current owner of Chelsea after buying the Premier League side in 2003.
Since he bought the club 17 years ago, there are many great players who have played for the Blues and succeeded before they left.
The likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Anelka and Mikel Obi all played for Chelsea and won the Champions League, FA Cup and the Premier League titles.
However, there are some players who were allowed to leave Chelsea years back without winning any title and they are currently world stars.
We take a look at some of these players who left Chelsea to become great players.
1. Mohamed Salah
Chelsea signed Mohamed Salah from Basel in 2014, but the Egyptian only played 13 games for the Blues with two goals before he was loaned out to Fiorentina and later sold to Roma.
Salah found his rhythm in Italy which helped him to return to England signing for Liverpool where he has won the Champions League and also the Premier League titles.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
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However, De Bruyne joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011 and played only two Premier League games before he was sold to Wolfsburg.
3. Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku moved to Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 and was tipped for greatness at Stamford Bridge, but he played only 10 games before he was sold to Everton.
It was at Everton that the Belgian started performing well scoring 53 goals in 110 games before he moved to Manchester United.
Presently, Lukaku is playing for Inter Milan and he is one of the best strikers in the world.
4. Nathan Ake
Nathan Ake joined Chelsea's youth team from Feyenoord in 2011, but he was not given much chance to play for the first team playing only seven games before he was sold.
The Dutchman is currently playing for Manchester City and he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
5. Nemanja Matic
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Matic joined Chelsea in 2009 and was tipped for greatness at Stamford Bridge, but he only played two Premier League games before he was sold.
Matic currently plays for Manchester United and he has been impressive since he joined the Red Devils three years ago.
6. Arjen Robben
When Robben arrived Chelsea in 2004, some Chelsea fans thought they had bought the hottest prospect in world football.
But he later had trouble with Mourinho and was sold to Bayern Munich where he won eight Bundesliga titles and also the Champions League.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Chelsea legend Mark Schwarzer stated emphatically that the Blues' chiefs made a good decision to sign Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
The Premier League giants got tired of Kepa Arrizbalaga's lacklustre performances and they had to spend another money to lure Mendy to Stamford Bridge.
Mark Schwarzer who was one of the best goalkeepers during his time in the Premier League explained that Petr Cech was even better in training than Kepa Arrizabalaga and Caballero.
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