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Chelsea Let Trio Go

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Chelsea have announced that they will not be renewing the contracts of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti. Instead, they will all become free agents after the 30th of June.

Ballack, who joined Chelsea in 2006, never reached the form he showed in Germany and was a major let down. With him out of the World Cup through injury, he may even consider retiring at 33.

Belletti was never expected to be offered a contract extension. He was always a bit-part player for Chelsea, although his versatility often came in handy when injuries mounted up. At the age of almost 34 he may also decide to hang up his boots too.

The release of Joe Cole however was very surprising to me. Although it had been speculated that he wasn't staying, I'm still astonished that a player of his quality was allowed to leave, as at 28 he still has 3 or 4 more good years in him. With many Premier League clubs interested in him, I think he'll still be a huge star next season, whoever he ends up with.


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