Below is a list of footballers in the Premier League who will be out of contract this summer, or who have already been released by their clubs. Chelsea especially have a number of high profile players whose contracts run out at the end of the 2011/12 season, and club legend Didier Drogba has already announced his intention to leave the club this summer at the age of 34. His last kick of a ball for the club being the winning penalty in the Champions League final. Other players with contracts expiring at the London club include Jose Bosingwa and Soloman Kalou.
Many players from the clubs relegated from the Premier League will be looking for jobs elsewhere, with the most promising of these players being Blackburn’s Canadian forward Junior Hoilett.
Clubs can view this time of year as a chance to clear out players who may not have a role at the club and are taking up valuable space on the wage bill, but for some younger players it is a worrying time, as they get their agents to work over time in order to find them a club and a future in the game.
There will be a few bargains to be had along the way. Who would you sign?
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