Both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea in the summer as the club are forced to raise funds for new transfers to rebuild after a disappointing Premier League campaign.
The Belgium internationals are to face the chop along with boss Antonio Conte with Courtois reportedly unsure of his future, telling the BBC: “We’ll see after the World Cup whether I’m a Chelsea player next season.
Courtois is out of contract next year and is unhappy with the lack of ambition Chelsea are currently showing, but believes that the board will make the correct investment.
“You see how Manchester City and Manchester United are spending and working. If we want to aim for the top, we should do the same – obviously within the limits of what’s possible. We’ll see what’s going on and I am sure the board will do what needs to be done.”
Ex-assistant manager Steve Clarke says it is also possible that Hazard will leave to fund transfers that are needed to “rebuild” the squad.
Hazard has two years left on his contract and won the PFA player of the year award in 2015. He also picked up the FA Cup on Saturday as his first half penalty won Chelsea the match. But this isn’t enough to save him according to Clarke.
“You can always look to replace players. They come and go, they always move on. The club is the most important thing. They have to rebuild that squad a little bit. It wasn’t good enough to be in the top four. They have got a lot of work to do over the summer.
“To help fund other transfers for the club this summer maybe they do have to sell Hazard.”
This comes after the news that Antonio Conte could leave the club despite winning the FA Cup.