Chelsea have learnt nothing from the Lampard and Terry debacles

Branislav Ivanovic, one of Chelsea’s finest ever players, was allowed to quietly leave through the Stamford Bridge back door and head for Zenit St. Petersburg.

The Blues really don’t learn.

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Although they do try, with Roman Abramovich now sending every former Chelsea player a hamper at Christmas time, once they’ve reached the grand old age of 50.

A lovely gesture. And it’s important to remember your history. But juggling too many balls means you eventually drop one.

Frank Lampard was made to feel like he was a mere footnote in Chelsea’s history, rather than the London club’s all-time leading goalscorer, when he left Stamford Bridge. And John Terry, the Premier League’s greatest ever centre-back, had to go public in order to force the Chelsea hierarchy’s hand regarding getting a new contract.

“Unfortunately it was a no. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere, which it took me a couple of days to get over.”

John Terry

Branislav Ivanovic is now the latest player of *that* era of Blues players to be cast aside, quietly and without much fuss, even after nearly a decade of highly consistent service.

The Serbian international isn’t statue-worthy or retiring of the shirt number, but a final runout, in front of a disinterested crowd against Brentford, in a tournament that means nothing, didn’t really showcase the legacy Ivanovic made in west London.

The now-Zenit St. Petersburg defender will go down as one of the best pound-for-pound signings in Premier League history, in a transfer market where value for money is no longer a phrase regularly said. And Chelsea didn’t even have the decency to make sure the door didn’t hit him on the way out.

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