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10 Footballers Who Rejected Chelsea

Roman Abramovich doesn't always get his man...

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The purchase of Chelsea Football Club by Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich in the early 2000s completely transformed a consistently decent team into one of the world's best by injecting a huge amount of money into the club and giving newly-installed manager Jose Mourinho free-reign to bring in some of the world's top stars.

Under the stewardship of Mourinho Chelsea used its seemingly infinite war chest to bring in players like Didier Drogba and Petr Cech to guide the club to their first league title in more than half a century.

While Chelsea's dominance has varied in the years that followed, their propensity for spending big cash to bring in star players has never waned. After all, the club broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper when they made the ill-fated signing of mutinous Spanish international Kepa Arrizabalaga. Of course, hindsight is 20-20 and a good goalkeeper is worth their weight in gold but the £70million fee should be more than enough evidence that the team have become notorious for paying whatever it takes to bring a transfer target in.

However, despite having seemingly endless resources available when it comes to getting the player they want, not every transfer target has decided to pack their bags for West London when Ambramovich's millions came calling.

These guys decided to turn down a move to Stamford Bridge...

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