5 Chelsea stars could be 'forced' to leave

English Premier League

Five Chelsea players could reportedly be forced to leave the club at the end of the season after the sanctions placed on owner Roman Abramovich.

The sanctions placed on Abramovich by the UK Government means the Blues are unable to sell tickets or merchandise, while transfers and new contracts can not be made.

Click through the gallery above to see five players who could be forced to leave Chelsea.

That leaves the European champions in a sticky situation as a number of first team players are in the final few months of their contracts in London.

As a result, the Daily Star reported that five players will be forced to leave Stamford Bridge with the club unable to offer new contracts.

Three of the five players, included club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, all of whom are still key players for Thomas Tuchel.

Azpilicueta and Christensen have already been linked with Barcelona in recent months, but the Blues are desperate to keep Rudiger who is a reported target for Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

The list also includes Charley Musonda and on-loan midfielder Saul Niguez, who is now likely to return to Atletico Madrid.

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