The three Chelsea players whose deals end in 2015 - Who should stay?

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Chelsea have decisions to make regarding three of their current first-team squad.

Three Chelsea players could be heading for pastures new in the summer of 2015, with John Terry, Didier Drogba and Mark Schwarzer all in the final year of their Blues’ contract.

The somewhat unique thing is that all three men only penned new deals in recent months, with Terry and Schwarzer signing one-year extensions to their current deals and Drogba agreeing to return to Stamford Bridge for a 12-month swansong.

That is not to say this is the final season we will see any or all of the three players turning out for Jose Mourinho’s side. So which of the trio should be retained by Chelsea beyond the current season?

Much will depend on how they perform, with rivals waiting in the wings in all three positions. In the case of Terry – who remains a first-choice pick – Kurt Zouma’s shadow is looming large over the former England international.

Similarly the presence of Diego Costa and Loic Remy means Drogba will know his time as Chelsea’s main-man is consigned to the past; and Schwarzer is surely simply enjoying the final heady days of a top flight career while he can, with the presence of Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech making a first-team opportunity practically impossible.

Terry is likely to be retained for as long as his body can sustain Premier League football, but the return of Tomas Kalas next season could see him played less and less, the experiences he can relay to his younger teammates arguably just as important as his presence on the pitch.

At just 33, there is no reason Terry cannot remain at Stamford Bridge for a few more seasons yet. But three years his captain’s senior, this could be the last few months that Chelsea fans enjoy the mercurial talents of their Ivory Coast hero.

Likely to stay: Terry

Likely to leave: Schwarzer, Drogba

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