Chelsea are in the midst of one of their biggest transitional periods of the Roman Abramovich era. The Blues made strides to truly overhaul much of the squad this summer, but there are still several players who need to be moved on from the club in the coming months.
One of the hardest parts of football is knowing when your club has to start moving past the players you have grown to love.
In writing this article on Chelsea and thinking of the players that are set to be leaving the club, I remember seeing Sami Hyypia's career winding down at Anfield. As a Liverpool supporter, and having grown up admiring the great Finish defender, it was emotional to see the player leave after such a great decade at the club.
Of course that is only one example, but it is no less a fact of the game that players come and go, and that the time eventually comes that we have to part ways with those that we have welcomed into our hearts and homes in the way that only we football fans can.
Chelsea have multiple players who have crossed the 31-year-old mark and are nearing the later stages of their career. With the club looking to retool and build for another long run of tenured veterans, they have to move on their aging stars and bring in the stars of tomorrow, starting in the coming transfer window.