5 Chelsea Players Who Have Missed Out on Premier League Winners' Medals in the Past

Antonio Conte's Chelsea have sealed the 2016/17 Premier League title and are on course to break the record set by the club in the past of winning the most games in a league season. 

It has been a really good campaign for the Blues who were not competing in a European tournament and they have the chance to win the FA Cup as well.

With current reserve goalkeeper Asmir Begovic recently talking about how he doesn't deserve to get a Premier League winners' medal due to his lack of appearances, here are five Chelsea players who missed out on a winners' medal in each of their Premier League winning seasons:

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5. Adrian Mutu (2004/05)

​Adrian Mutu joined Chelsea from Parma for a fee believed to be over £15 million. He was part of the 2003 spending wave at Chelsea, as new owner Roman Abramovich was revolutionizing English football. 

However, Mutu and Mourinho never looked eye to eye and accused each other of lying about a potential injury suffered by the player during a World Cup qualifier. 

The player went on to make only two appearances in the Blues' successful title campaign in 2004/05 and hence was denied a Premier League winners medal.

He did not last the season with the club either and was released on 29th of October 2004 after testing positive for cocaine in September.

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4. Wayne Bridge (2005/06)

​In the 2005/06 season, Chelsea successfully defended their title and Mourinho won the Premier League back-to-back, making him a legend in the eyes of the club's fans who had never seen so much silverware. 

Asier del Horno had joined the club to provide competition to Wayne Bridge for the left-back position. However, the English international suffered an injury that saw Del Horno take his position in the team and Bridge was unable to reclaim his place even after full recovery from his injury. 

He made only two appearances and hence was ineligible for a medal when the Blues lifted their second league title in a row.

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3. Nemanja Matic (2009/10)

The Serbian has had two stints with the West London club. He joined the club in 2009 from MFK Kosice, during a campaign in which Carlo Ancelotti won the double for the first time in Chelsea's history. 

It was a season of joy for the fans, with many regarding his side to be one of the most attractive teams to have ever won the Premier League.

However, a young Nemanja Matic had a torrid time. He made only two appearances, which stalled his own development until he eventually was loaned out to Vitesse before his move to Benfica.

The midfielder would eventually re-join the club and has since been an integral part of both title-winning campaigns since.

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2. Mohamed Salah (2014/15)

Upon joining the club, Mohamed Salah became the first Egyptian player to play and score for Chelsea. He moved from Swiss side Basel after the two sides met in the Europa League, but it was enough to convince the board to sign him in 2014.

Under Jose Mourinho, the Blues won the Premier League again in 2014/15, but the Egyptian winger didn't officially receive one after making only three substitute appearances. 

The Portuguese manager, however, recognised his efforts and decided to hand one medal out to the player as well.

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1. Nathan Ake (2016/17)

Nathan Ake was loaned out to Premier League side Bournemouth this season. With the Cherries, he drew plaudits from critics and fans alike for his performances in the ten appearances he made. 

In the January transfer window, Antonio Conte made the decision to recall the player to provide additional cover after Branislav Ivanovic left the club. 

He has gone on to make only two appearances for the club and counting in the final game, would have made three appearances for the Blues by the end of the season.

For outfield players, five appearances are a minimum and unless Antonio Conte especially considers him, Nathan Ake should miss out on a Premier League winners medal.

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