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2012-13 Chelsea FC Roster: Drogba, Kalou, Bosingwa Out, Fernando Torres To Stay

Chelsea FC News: Didier Drogba Among Three Leaving Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres Staying: The 2011-12 Champions League winners from Chelsea know that they are going to have themselves a heck of a fight this coming year in the Premier League. Manchester City is going to be eager to defend its crown, and Manchester United clearly won’t be sitting still after falling just one result shy of yet another title, losing out instead to its “noisy neighbors.” The Blues started to shape their 2012-13 Chelsea roster right after the end of the Champions League season though, as Didier Drogba is leaving, while Fernando Torres is apparently staying.

Earlier in the week, there was worry that Torres would be asking for a Chelsea transfer, potentially to another Premier League rival. The Spaniard was notably upset over a lack of playing time, and that was most apparent in the Champions League Final in Munich when he was not put in the Starting XI. That being said, Torres has taken a bit of a turn in his ways, announcing that he will be staying with the club and will be trying to do more for the team going forward.

Perhaps the news of Torres happily staying at Stamford Bridge could stem from the fact that Drogba is leaving. Drogba is clearly one of the best players that Chelsea has ever had. He had been with the team for the last eight seasons, and he has been one of the emotional leaders and top scorers for a team that has had one of its best runs ever in the Premier League. The brutal truth of the matter is that it was time for the 34-year old to move on to different things in his career.

Drogba definitely went out on a high, though. The striker was the man that netted the goal that saved Chelsea’s Champions League title bid in Munich, a goal that was celebrated with Torres immediately. After scoring 157 goals and logging a Champions League crown and three Premier League titles, Drogba is ready to leave the Blues and English soccer altogether.

So what’s next for Drogba? It is almost certainly going to be a radical move, to say the least. Shanghai Shenhua understandably has interest in the striker from the Ivory Coast. One of Drogba’s best friends and former teammates, Nicolas Anelka is already with that club. Drogba could also be on the move to the MLS, where a number of veterans like Roy Keane, Thierry Henry, and David Beckham have gone in recent years.

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The 2013 Chelsea FC roster definitely wasn’t done being formed there. The team is going to have plenty of money to go out and spend, especially now that it is cutting ties with Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa. Unlike the situation with Drogba, both Kalou and Bosingwa know that they have a large portion of their careers in front of them. Both players were key cogs in the Starting XI for Chelsea in Munich, and both had their roles this year. Kalou only played in 12 games, while Bosingwa had 27 appearances. Both are going to be highly sought after for sure, not only in England, but in the rest of European soccer as well.

The 2012 Chelsea FC transfer rumors are already heating up. Eden Hazard, one of the top young strikers in the world is already being linked to the top Premier League teams with money to spend, and Hulk, from FC Porto, could be joining him at Stamford Bridge if the price is right in the transfer season as well.

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Chelsea FC News: Chelsea’s Fernando Torres Might Leave Blues

Chelsea FC Breaking News: Fernando Torres Could Quit Team: Normally speaking, when a player wins the biggest prize in European club soccer, the Champions League, he is one of the happiest campers in the world. Instead, Fernando Torres is incredibly upset at the way that he has been handled this year by the Blues, and he reportedly wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

This has already been as hectic of a year as could be for Chelsea. The team hired the manager that was supposed to take it to the next level in the form of Andre Villas-Boas, but he was sacked about halfway through what was turning out to be a disappointing campaign. The Blues finished just sixth in the table, and they were largely out of contention for a spot in European soccer next year for the entire campaign.

The new skipper of the club, Roberto Di Matteo didn’t fare all that much better domestically, though at least Chelsea did finish just one point back of the Top 5 at the end of the 2012 Premier League season. However, where he really made the difference was in the Champions League, where anything can, and quite often does happen.

Chelsea literally did what was supposed to be the impossible this year. The team was able to knock of Barcelona in a home-and-home set just to get into the finale, and then, on German soil in a de facto road game, the Blues took care of Bayern Munich on their home pitch in penalties to claim the league title and to ensure that they will be in European competition once again next year.

Still, the turmoil sits. Di Matteo still doesn’t have a vote of confidence that he is going to be back as the manager of the team next year, while Didier Drogba needs a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge as well.

Torres was the ultimate surprised and the coup de grace in a tumultuous season. The Spaniard was quoted as saying that it was a “big surprise” to be left out of the starting XI in Munich on Saturday, and it was the second time this year that he was kept out of a finale, being left unused in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool as well. Torres did come on in the Champions League Final for the last seven minutes of regulation and extra time. He was not selected for any of the penalty kicks.

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The truth of the matter is that Torres was brought to Chelsea to be the club’s top striker. Instead, he often found himself on the bench, and he only ended up logging a total of six goals for the campaign. Torres started in 20 games and came on as a sub in a dozen others. It was the worst scoring output of the career of the Spaniard, even worse than the nine goals that he scored for an offensive-crowded Liverpool team in his final year at Anfield.

The next question is what the Blues could possibly do with their man that they just sunk 50 million Euros into last year. Surely, if Torres comes up on the market, the two massive Spanish sides, Barcelona and Real Madrid would love to get involved in the bidding, but the problem is that Torres isn’t guaranteed a starting spot on a regular basis on either of those squads. Instead, a Torres transfer might have to come to a team like a PSG, that has been willing to spend money but hasn’t quite gotten the right group of strikers together yet. Other candidates in England could include Arsenal and Tottenham, though we think that a transfer to one of the middling teams might be more suitable for Torres.

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