13 players released by Chelsea this summer - Where are they now?

What has happened to the 13 players released by Chelsea this summer?

Chelsea were busy adding players to their squad in the summer, and have sent several out on loan again - many to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

However they do not have space for everybody, and allowed an 'unlucky 13' players to leave the club on free transfers.

With the new season underway we took a look at who landed where and how they have been getting on.

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Amin Affane

Swedish under-21 internationl Affane secured a move to German second division side FC Energie Cottbus. The 19-year-old left winger spent last season on loan with Dutch side Roda JC where he made five assists in 15 matches.

Archange Nkumu

19-year-old centre-back Archange Nkumu made four appearances for Chelsea's under-21 side last season. However he has not found a club since being released and the London born teenager remains a free agent.

Adam Coombes

Adam Coombes was known for much of his time at Chelsea as Adam Phillip, but changed his name in July 2012. He signed a one-year deal with League One side Notts County and has one goal in his opening four games.

Aziz Deen-Conteh

Left-back Deen-Conteh was an England under-19 international but has pledged his international future to Sierra Leone. He signed two-year contract with Greek Superleague side GS Ergotolis but is yet to make an appearance for his new side.

Ben Gordon

Another left-back, 22-year-old Ben Gordon made the switch to Scottish side Ross County on a one-year deal. He has become a regular for them, playing 10 games so far with an assist to his name already.

Conor Clifford

22-year-old Conor Clifford signed with League Two side Southend United on a two-year deal after his release this summer. The former Ireland under-21 international has made seven appearances this season scoring one goal.

James Ashton

21-year-old centre-back played just 89 minutes of under-21 football for Chelsea last season and so his release did not come as a surprise. The youngster has not found a club and remains a free agent.


A similar story for Ghanaian right-back Nortei, the 18-year-old made just three under-21 appearances last season and was released. He also is still without a club.

Rohan Ince

20-year-old centre-back Rohan Ince has a more positive tale, signing a one-year deal with Championship side Brighton. Ince has gone onto establish himself in the squad with seven first team appearances to date.

Ross Turnbull

Former backup goalkeeper Ross Turnbull had a disastrous trial with Dutch side RKC Waalwijk, conceding four goals in a friendly and was not picked up. The 28-year-old signed with League One side Doncaster Rovers where he has become first choice, with five clean sheets in 10 matches.

Samuel Bangura

18-year-old right-back Bangura made five appearances for the under-21s last season but was not kept on. The Sierra Leonean defender is still without a club hoping to be picked up.

Tom Howard

Howard, 18, only managed to play 45 minutes of reserve team football during his spell at Chelsea. The right-winger was released in the summer and is still a free agent. 

Yossi Benayoun

Chelsea veteran Yossi Benayoun signed with La Liga side Getafe late on in the transfer window as a free agent. The 33-year-old Israeli has still not made a first team appearance for his new club.

Which of the above, if any, should Chelsea have given more chances?

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