Chelsea’s weirdest transfers and where they are now – from Djilobodji to Mineiro

Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in Europe but they've made a tonne of weird signings throughout the years.

Despite having a wide wealth of cash at their disposal since former owner Roman Abramovich took over in 2012, which has continued following American billionaire Todd Boehly's arrival last summer, the Blues have brought in some questionable acquisitions over time.

And several of those signings including Papy Djilobodji to Mineiro have left Blues fans scratching their heads 'til this day. Here, the Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at some of the weirdest players that have ever pulled on a Chelsea shirt.

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Papy Djilobodji

Djilobodji was brought to Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho from Nantes in a £3m deal in 2015. Mourinho thought the centre-back would be the answer to the Blues' defensive woes after they leaked in nine goals in their first four games in the 2015/16 campaign.

However, things got off to a rocky start for the Senegalese ace after he was left out of the Blues' Champions League squad. And his bad luck continued as he only made one appearance for the Blues before being shipped out at the end of the season to Sunderland.

But the Black Cats were relegated and he joined Dijon on loan but was subsequently sacked in September 2018 when he returned to the club a month late. Following a short spell with Guingamp in 2018, the defender joined Turkish side Gaziantep in 2019, who he still plays for.

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Carlos Luciano da Silva, best known as Mineiro, joined the Blues in 2018 when Luiz Felipe Scolari was in charge. Scolari brought his Brazilian compatriot the club to fill in for the injured Michael Essien, but he made just two appearances before being sold at the end of the season.

He would go on to join Schalke the following summer and only make seven appearances in the Bundesliga before choosing to drop down three divisions. Mineiro then went on to make 30 league appearances for TuS Koblenz.

After retiring in 2012, the defensive midfielder began coaching and spent time guiding youngsters in Australia. He also won the Copa America with Brazil in 2007 before hanging up his boots.

Matej Delac

Matej Delac is Chelsea's longest-serving player despite never kicking a ball for the club. The keeper signed for the Blues in 2009, and stayed until 2018. The Croatian stopper spent several spells on loan during that time, before finally leaving to join Danish Superliga side Horsens.

But Delac has no regrets about his wasted decade at Stamford Bridge, reflecting on his time there he said in 2017: "Yes, soon will come a time I'll have to leave Chelsea. Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret."

However, the move to Horsens was the best thing for Delac's career. The former Croatian U21 ace has made 108 appearances and counting following his transfer to Denmark.

Jes Hogh

Jes Hogh joined Chelsea in in 1999 following his starring role in Denmark's 1998 World Cup campaign. The centre-back provided back up for Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf. And he made nine appearances until he was forced to retire due to an ankle injury in 2001.

And things took a turn for the worse for the defender when he suffered a strike back in Denmark whilst speaking to his wife on the phone. The effects of the stroke meant he couldn't move his right side or speak.

But the Blues offered Hogh support throughout his recovery. And the former Denmark international has made a full recovery after the unfortunate incident, his Instagram profile reads: "Stroke survivor. Happy man."

Marco Amelia

Marco Amelia joined Chelsea in 2015 and left in the same season without making a single appearance. He was the third choice keeper behind Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic.

The stopper also had a trial at Sunderland earlier that year, but wasn't offered a contract. He retired in 2017 following a spell at Vincenza.

And Amelia went onto become a manager, beginning his career as a boss with Serie D side Lupa Roma in 2018. And he was named Prato boss in 2021, but was sacked after just two months in charge last December.

Ross Turnbull

Ross Turnbull won a slew of trophies with Chelsea including a Premier League title, two FA Cups the Champions League, and the Europa League, after joining the club in 2009. But he picked up the medals from the bench where he spent most of the four years at Stamford Bridge.

The former England starlet only featured in a handful of games before moving to Doncaster in 2013. Turnbull called time on his career after a stint at Leeds in 2017.

But he stayed with the Whites to become their opposition keeper analyst, before leaving to return to Chelsea in the same role. And he then went onto take up a scouting role at Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2020/21 season following a spell with Hartlepool United as a goalkeeping coach in the previous campaign.

Matt Miazga

Matt Miazga joined the Blues in 2016, but only made two appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge. The Blues forked out £3.5million to bring him from the New York Red Bulls to England.

The centre-back spent the rest of his time at Chelsea on loan with a slew of other clubs. He joined Eredivisie outfit Vitesse for the following two seasons, then joined Ligue 1 side Nantes on a season-long loan.

The American international returned to England to play for Reading, then joined Burnley in another loan spell at the start of the 2020/21 season.

But he departed from England to head to La Liga side Alaves in 2021. However, that loan spell didn't work out and he jetted back home to America to play for FC Cincinnati in 2022.


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