As per the official retained/released lists that Premier League clubs submitted to the league (some weeks ago), alongside Willy Caballero and Jamal Blackman, Chelsea have also released Marco van Ginkel, Izzy Brown, Danilo Pantić and Jack Wakely.
Van Ginkel’s departure has been more or less confirmed for a few weeks, with the 28-year-old expected to sign for PSV Eindhoven for free after spending last season there and finishing his recovery from his latest knee surgery. The former Dutch Talent of the Year joined Chelsea from Vitesse in 2013, but would go on to make just four senior appearances for us in a career that has been blighted by injuries and poor luck. He finally seems to be over his injury issues, and appears to be on the right track to revitalize his career.
Izzy Brown, too, has had his fair share of injuries that have prevented him from reaching the heights once predicted for him. He arrived at Chelsea from West Brom as a 16-year-old, having already made his Premier League debut for the Baggies, and was extremely impressive at the youth levels. But an ACL injury in 2018 was especially impactful, though at still just 24, he certainly has plenty of time for a fresh start. Izzy leaves with one solitary senior appearance for Chelsea.
Izzy Brown departs Chelsea after 8 years + a glittering youth career in which he won the Youth Cup, the U21PL, and captained Chelsea to the UEFA Youth League title. Impressive in several loans, injuries disrupted his progress, but the best is yet to come. Good luck @izzyjaybrown! pic.twitter.com/9dQEOlR4xj— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 4, 2021
Danilo Pantić’s young career has seen plenty of drama off the pitch, but he’s found success on the pitch back in Serbia in multiple loans as well, including last season’s at FK Čukarički, who finished third and will play Europa Conference League qualifiers next season. Pantić was signed for a negligible fee in 2015, and now leaves on a free at age 24.
Marco van Ginkel and Danilo Pantic weren't from the academy, but became #CFC #LoanArmy stalwarts, racking up 12 different moves. Van Ginkel found a home at PSV before and after injury; Danilo fared best back at Partizan between 2017-19. Best of luck to them on their next moves. pic.twitter.com/GiAnjhYGyA— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 4, 2021
Meanwhile, young Jack Wakely, 20, has been trialing with the likes of Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion as of late, and should hopefully catch on with one of them. Wakely joined Chelsea at the under-8 level and would go on to make 52 appearances at U18 level and above.
Jack Wakely also leaves this summer after spending the second half of the season with Brighton, where he might land permanently. Joining as an Under-8, he was part of the all-conquering 2017-18 youth team; good luck Jack! pic.twitter.com/m8zPnflqvl— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 4, 2021
Good luck to all of them in their future endeavors! Once a blue, always a blue!