🇪🇸 The Spanish connection: Every Spaniard to have played for Chelsea

Chelsea have had a number of Spanish players over the past years.

The arrival of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid during the summer made him the 14th Spanish player to arrive at Stamford Bridge.

Albert Ferrer, who won almost everything during his time with his hometown team Barcelona, ​​became the first Spanish player to appear for the London club.

Ferrer won five league titles, two Spanish Cups, as well as the European Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup during his eight-year stay with the club.

In West London, Ferrer won the FA Cup in 2000 and was part of the team that qualified for the first time for the Champions League.

Then Chelsea signed the little-known Quique De Lucas, who was nothing more than a junior player during his time.

Then came Del Horno’s prisoner. The left-back played a key role as Chelsea retained the Premier League title in 2005/06, starting 25 games. But he left after only one season.

In 2011, three more Spaniards joined Chelsea and were part of the team that won the Champions League the following year.

First was Juan Mata, who arrived from Valencia. He lived up to expectations and was the Blues’ chief creator, winning the Chelsea Player of the Year award for the club’s two full seasons.

He also formed a deadly trio of Oscar and Eden Hazard, before eventually being abandoned, joining Manchester United in the process, a move the club’s fans never welcomed.

Fernando Torres was another Spaniard who joined the London club. After impressing with Liverpool in the Premier League, Roman Abramovich made the move to Stamford Bridge, where he paid £50m in January 2011.

He never reached levels comparable to those he managed at Liverpool, but he will be remembered for that lone goal against Barcelona at the Camp Nou as Chelsea went on to win the Champions League in 2012.

Then came Cesc Fabregas in 2014. A lot can be written about the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder.

He found a home in Chelsea’s midfield, and created a fierce partnership with another Spanish player by the name of Diego Costa.

Together, they won the Premier League title in what was Mourinho’s first season in charge – in his second spell.

In total, he helped the Blues win the Premier League title, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

There was also Alvaro Morata, who arrived from Real Madrid on a major financial move. He started his career in London well, before fading out at some point.

He was later sold to Atlético Madrid before finding his way to Juventus, where he shined while on loan from his parent club, Real Madrid.

Currently, Chelsea has four Spanish players. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cezar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, and Sagul.

Below is a list of all the Spanish players that will be featured in the Blues.

  • Albert Ferrer
  • Kiki De Lucas
  • Del Horno’s prisoner
  • Juan Mata
  • Torres Fernando
  • Oriol Romeo
  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Diego Costa
  • Cesc Fabregas
  • Pedro
  • Marcos Alonso
  • Alvaro Morata
  • Kepa Arizabalaga
  • Saul

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