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Chelsea expiring contracts: Who is free to leave next summer and in 2026?

Sports Mole rounds up all of Chelsea's expiring contracts for this season and next.

Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have made a habit of handing long-term contracts to as many players as possible since their arrival in 2022.

However, there have been squad members who have not been presented with extended deals, some more surprising than not.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at the players whose contracts either expire in 2025 or 2026.


Which Chelsea players are out of contract next summer?

Conor Gallagher

Chelsea's Conor Gallagher celebrates scoring their first goal with Nicolas Jackson on February 12, 2024© Reuters

Age: 24
Position: Midfielder
Transfer value: £42.5m
Joined: 2019
Joining fee: Academy graduate
Chelsea appearances: 95
Chelsea goals: 10

Honours

  • Europa League (1): 2018-19

  • Conor Gallagher has just completed his second full season in the Chelsea senior ranks, playing a starring role in central midfield and earning praise from the club's supporters.

    However, despite the impact that he has made both on and off the pitch, Boehly and co are currently reluctant to hand the England international a new contract, instead wanting to try to cash in on his signature to boost Chelsea's position with the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules.


    Malang Sarr

     Chelsea's Malang Sarr during the warm up before the match on January 12, 2022© Reuters

    Age: 25
    Position: Centre-back
    Transfer value: £3.4m
    Joined: August 27, 2020
    Joining fee: Free
    Chelsea appearances: 21
    Chelsea goals: 0

    Honours

  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2021

  • The situation concerning Malang Sarr is somewhat bizarre. The Frenchman played an important squad role under Thomas Tuchel during 2021-22, yet has not played for Chelsea since.

    Sarr returned from a loan spell at Monaco ahead of 2023-24, but there have been no sightings of the defender in almost a year. Departing by mutual consent over the coming months is a distinct possibility.


    Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga during the warm up  on April 4, 2022© Reuters

    Age: 29
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Transfer value: £10.2m
    Joined: August 8, 2018
    Joining fee: £71.6m
    Chelsea appearances: 163
    Chelsea clean sheets: 59

    Honours

  • Champions League (2): 2020-21, 2023-24

  • Europa League (1): 2018-19

  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2021

  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2021

  • La Liga (1): 2023-24

  • Supercopa de Espana (1): 2023-24

  • UEFA Nations League (1): 2022-23
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga had hoped that a season-long loan switch to Real Madrid would ultimately lead to a permanent switch to the Bernabeu.

    However, losing his place midway through the season has led to the Spain international returning to his parent club with Chelsea ready to cash in on his signature as soon as possible.


    Which Chelsea players are out of contract in 2026?

    Romelu Lukaku

    New signing Romelu Lukaku is introduced to the Roma fans before the match on September 1, 2023© Reuters

    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
    Transfer value: £25.5m
    Joined: 2021
    Joining fee: £97.5
    Chelsea appearances: 44
    Chelsea goals: 15

    Honours

  • Serie A (1): 2020-21

  • Club World Cup (1): 2021

  • Coppa Italia (1): 2022-23

  • Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2022

  • Belgian Pro League (1): 2009-10
  • Romelu Lukaku's Chelsea career has been over for some time, yet the Blues have been unable to find a buyer for the Belgium international.

    With two years left on his contract, Chelsea are desperate to sell, yet it remains to be seen whether the former Inter Milan and Roma loanee will attract a suitable bid.


    Alfie Gilchrist

    Chelsea's Alfie Gilchrist pictured in January 2024© Reuters

    Age: 20
    Position: Defender
    Transfer value: £4.25m
    Joined: 2014
    Joining fee: Academy graduate
    Chelsea appearances: 17
    Chelsea goals: 1

    Honours

    No silverware won.


    Up until December, Alfie Gilchrist had not made a single appearance as a professional, yet the academy graduate would prove to be a valuable squad member during the second half of the campaign.

    Although Chelsea officials have agreed a new contract with the versatile defender, a loan move is expected to be put in place for the 20-year-old.


    Marcus Bettinelli

    Chelsea's Marcus Bettinelli in action as he makes his debut on January 8, 2022© Reuters

    Age: 32
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Transfer value: £850,000
    Joined: 20121
    Joining fee: Free
    Chelsea appearances: 1
    Chelsea clean sheets: 0

    Honours

  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2021

  • Championship playoffs (2): 2018, 2020

  • Marcus Bettinelli has spent the last three years as the perfect clubman at Chelsea, acting as third-choice goalkeeper with minimal fuss.

    The 31-year-old may, at some stage, want first-team football elsewhere, but for now, another campaign in his current role appears to be more likely than not.


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