Players move on from clubs every year, and this is no different at Chelsea. Every year first teamers and promising youngsters alike move on from the club. Many of us have a "Oh Well, best of luck wherever you're going" attitude about the departure, but how have they done since they've left? Most of us know about the players who leave for the big clubs, but what about the once-starlets who have been let go? I'll attempt to answer that. The following players have been released or transfered out of the club in the 2004/2005 season.
Winston Bogarde: Bogarde may have been one of the most memorable Chelsea players in recent times, not for his exploits on the pitch, but the fact that he was almost never on the pitch. One of, in not the, biggest flops in premier league history, simply retired after his four year stay at Chelsea. What a boss.
Marcel Desailly: Desailly was one of the favorite players at Chelsea during his six year reign at the club. After the 2003/2004 season he left to go to Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa and proceeded to score a at a very un-Marcel Desailly like pace, 15 goals in 28 games. He then had a short stint at Qatar SC. Since his retirement in 2006 Desailly has become a Laureus Academy member and OrphanAid Africa Lifetime ambassador to Ghana and France. He has also opened up a world class training facility in Ghana that's geared towards youth in Ghana.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Hasselbaink was one of the more prolific scorers to wear Chelsea blue, at times banging in goals for fun. After the 2003/2004 season he was allowed to move on a free to Middlesbrough where he scored 34 goals over two years. He then had one year stints at Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City. Despite his older age, Hasselbaink never lost that pure sense for the goal. After leaving Cardiff City he joined Conference South side Woking to work on Coaching. After that he came back to Chelsea to coach the U-16s and the Nike Academy. In 2011 he joined the Nottingham Forest staff where he still holds a position today.
Mario Melchiot: Melchiot served as a sturdy right back for Chelsea during his time at the club and played quite often, racking up 164 appearances over his Chelsea stay. After Chelsea he played at Birminham City for two years scoring two goals over his time. Melchiot then moved to France for a year playing at Rennes and scoring 3 goals in 34 appearences, must say it was pretty weird not having Melchiot in the premier league. However, he came back after just a season in France to play three solid years of service for Wigan Athletic. Last year, Melchiot moved to Qatar (as so many do) to play for Umm-Salal. He was released after his first year and is currently a free agent.
Emmanuel Petit: Petit was a a solid defensive midfielder at Chelsea from 2001-2004, his career was unfortunately derailed by a series of knee injuries leading up to his ultimate release from the club in 2004. Arsenal was looking to resign him but was scared off by the injuries, he was also unsuccessful in a trial at Bolton. He retired in 2005 after finding out he required another knee operation. His post playing career has been filled with some spot media appearances and an event in 2011 where he shaved his head for charity, raising 34,000 pounds.
Jesper Gronkjaer: I'll remember Gronkjaer most for his goal that secured Roman Abramovich's takeover of the club, to be honest I'll be forever in debt to him for that. What an important goal. Anyway after Chelsea he had three relatively underwhelming seasons at Birmingham City, Athletico Madrid, and Stuttgart. Overall, the three seasons were a very forgettable time in Gronkjaer career. Gronkjaer then signed for Copenhagen in Denmark where he enjoyed his best run of football since his days at Chelsea, he scored 16 goals in 146 league games and was important in the club's games in Europe. Gronkjaer retired this season after a long quality career at winger representing Danish football.
Boudewijn Zenden: We signed Zenden from Barcelona for a hefty fee at the time and he spent two years at the club with some good play, but mostly riddled with injuries. He was loaned out to Middlesbrough during 2003/2004 and then moved permanently in 2004/2005. Zenden then moved to Liverpool (ewwwww) for two years, scoring two years before leaving on a free to Olympique Marsielle. Zenden once again played two seasons and was released. Zenden looked to end his career in England going on trial to Blackburn and Portsmouth before being snapped up by Sunderland. Most of you probably remember his time at Sunderland because he played there up until last year, before he retired.
Neil Sullivan: I wouldn't blame you if you don't remember Sullivan's time at Chelsea. He spent one year at the Club playing only eight games as a goalkeeper, but I'm covering everyone so here it goes. He joined Leeds United after his Chelsea stay as a replacement for Paul Robinson, he spent two years as the number one goalie for Leeds before injuries and competition forced him to go out on loan to Doncaster. His move to Doncaster proved to be a good one because he's stayed at the club for six seasons including the one season on loan.This past season he was once again replaced by another goalie. I'd expect him to be retiring to soon after such a long career.
Marco Ambrosio: Ambrosio essentially played one year at Chelsea as an understudy for Carlo Cudicini, he left the club when we signed Mr. Petr Cech. After leaving Chelsea Ambrosio has toured his fair share of clubs, he went to the Swiss club Grasshopper for one year and played 14 games. He then played 55 games at Serie B side Salerno before moving to Brescia, where he served as a backup from 2006-2007. Ambrosio then drop down divisions to joined Reggiana of Serie C2. For the past three years Ambrosio has been the backup keeper for FeralpiSalo, who play in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, the third level in Italian football.
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