The streak of contract extension news was broken at three as Chelsea have officially announced that goalkeepers Willy Caballero and Jamal Blackman will both be leaving the club this summer.
Incidentally, both players will leave the club as Champions League-winners, with the veteran Caballero serving as the third goalkeeper in this year’s final and young Blackman serving as the third goalkeeper back in 2012 (behind Petr Čech and Ross Turnbull), when he was just 18.
Blackman, now 27, spent last season on loan with Rotherham United in the Championship, completing his comeback from a broken leg that he suffered a couple years prior, when he was on loan with Leeds United.
The tall kid from Croydon first joined Chelsea at the U13 level, rising up steadily through the ranks, though never quite getting to make his first-team debut, and instead spending the last seven years on eight different loan assignments. He’s still quite young for a goalkeeper, and surely has a good long career ahead of him still.
That’s probably not the case for Willy Caballero, who will turn the big 4-0 later this year and could be heading into retirement (or perhaps coaching). Willy C joined us four years ago, and has been a reliable and capable backup ever since, making 38 appearances all told. But Édouard Mendy’s arrival dropped him to third goalkeeper for most of this season (and this news would seem to indicate that Kepa Arrizabalaga probably isn’t going anywhere).
Good luck to both Caballero and Blackman in whatever they may be up to next!