Bengaluru, July 1: English Premier League giants Chelsea FC have officially announced that they have released as many as three players from their current squad. The players include striker Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato and goalkeeper Marco Amelia.
The club confirmed the news on twitter on Friday (July 1) as well on their official website.
The tweet read:
Chelsea's official statement read: "With contracts having come to an end, we today say farewell to three players who were part of the squad during last season - Falcao, Pato and Marco Amelia."
Colombian international Radamel Falcao had joined The Blues last summer from French side AS Monaco on loan. Falcao went through a nightmare of a season the preceeding season with Manchester United and was looking forward for a revival of his career at the Stamford under the then manager Jose Mourinho.
Unfortunately, the striker's career graph went further down as his performance never improved.
To strengthen the team's striker force in January, Guus Hiddink, who replaced Mourinho in December, brought in Alexandre Pato on loan.
Pato's strory is somewhat similar to Radamel Falcao. In his initial years, Pato was regarded as one of the best upcoming forwards in the world. He served Milan for several before his performance slowly detoriorated.
The 26-year-old currently plays for Corinthians and will be sent back to his country due to lack of performance.
The other player to be released is Marco Amelia. The 34-year-old Italian was bought last October as a back-up goalkeeper for Asmir Begovic after Thibaut Courtois went out with injury. Amelia never got a chance to play for Chelsea.
Chelsea are closing in on signing Belgian international Michy Batshuayi from Olympique Marseille. Batshuayi has impressed all in the Euro 2016 as he scored in the round of 16 game against Hungary.
It is believed that Chelsea have already sent their medical team at the Belgian camp and the player will be signed within a few days.