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Fri Apr 25 10:15:07 SAST 2014

Chelsea look to release some big name players

TEAMtalk Media | 24 May, 2012 14:130 Comments
Salomon Kalou of Chelsea in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Clive Mason / Getty Images

Champions League winners Chelsea are reportedly set to release both Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou ahead of the new season.

While Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay has refused to reveal just exactly who will be exiting the club, he has conceded that there will be a shake-up.

Both Bosingwa and Kalou started in the European triumph against Bayern Munich on Saturday, but neither have been offered extensions to their current deals that expire on June 30.

Ivory Coast international Kalou was recruited from Feyenoord in 2006 by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and the 26-year-old has featured regularly as a squad player.

Bosingwa was signed from FC Porto following impressive performances for Portugal at Euro 2008 after his then-national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari took charge of the west London club.

Gourlay conceded to the media that the FA Cup winners are looking to reshuffle their squad and have a number of players they are targeting.

He said: Will you see some new faces? Yes, you will - and you may see a couple of faces go. But that's just normal end of the season practice."

However, he would also not confirm whether that includes hot property Eden Hazard. The Lille midfielder is reportedly also being courted by Manchester United and Manchester City.

"There are a number of targets out there and I'm not going to say whether he is one of not," he added.

"We will identify the targets...and will make every effort possible to make sure they come to Chelsea."

He would not be drawn on the futures of current Blues players Michael Essien, Florent Malouda and Paulo Ferreira who, it is also believed, will follow Bosingwa and Kalou out the exit door.

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