Ex-Chelsea AN AMAZING starting XI of ex-Chelsea players still starring in England would definitely challenge for the Premier League title.
That’s after Timo Werner became the latest ace to sign for one of the Blues’ rivals.
The German is back in the top-flight after penning a shock loan deal with Tottenham.
Werner is just one of several former Chelsea stars to join another Prem team despite winning the Champions League final in 2021.
Here, SunSport reveals a brilliant line-up of old Blues boys still cutting it in the beautiful game.
And with a combined transfer value worth £336million, they would certainly be in the title mix, as well as getting the better of Todd Boehly’s currently billion-pound bozos…
Ex-Chelsea GK — ASMIR BEGOVIC (QPR)
He only made 33 appearances in two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
But Begovic, 36, would have walked into today’s Chelsea team back then.
He wound up with a Premier League title to his name in the 2016/17 season.
And after leaving Stamford Bridge that summer, Begovic enjoyed spells at Bournemouth, Qarabag, AC Milan and Everton before settling at QPR.
Ex-Chelsea RB — TINO LIVRAMENTO (NEWCASTLE)
Once the top prospect in Chelsea’s academy, Livramento is now shining on Tyneside.
The 21-year-old never made a senior appearance for Chelsea before joining Southampton in 2021.
He played 34 times for the Saints and even suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury.
But Livramento bounced back in style and is now starring for Newcastle, having already featured 20 times this term.
CB — KURT ZOUMA (WEST HAM)
Joined Chelsea in 2014 when he was just 18 years old and quickly become a favourite under Jose Mourinho.
Zouma, now 29, took in loans at Stoke and Everton before becoming a regular with Frank Lampard.
He won two titles and a Champions League ahead of a £30m West Ham move in 2021.
And Zouma has since become a key player for David Moyes’ side as they won last term’s Europa Conference League.
CB — NATHAN AKE (MAN CITY)
Never got a fair crack at Chelsea despite showing all the signs he’d become a top player.
Ake, 28, only made seven league appearances before impressing on a permanent deal at Bournemouth.
And the rest is history after Man City snapped him up for a bargain £40m fee in 2020.
Ake played a huge role in last term’s historic Treble win and continues to prove his worth to Pep Guardiola.
LB — EMERSON PALMIERI (WEST HAM)
An underrated member of Chelsea’s Europa League-winning side in 2019, he also won the Champions League in 2021.
Emerson, 29, played just 33 times in the league between 2017 and 2022 before joining the Hammers 18 months ago.
Like Zouma, the Italy international played a pivotal role in their Europa Conference League win.
And he would certainly do a better job than makeshift left-back Levi Colwill, who continues to be played out of position by Mauricio Pochettino.
CM — KEVIN DE BRUYNE (MAN CITY)
Undisputedly the best midfielder in the Premier League, De Bruyne is still doing the business at 32.
Five titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League at City will forever haunt the dreams of Chelsea fans who saw him let go in 2014.
De Bruyne has even scored 10 goals in 13 league games against the Blues.
And he remains one of the biggest fumbles in Stamford Bridge history.
CM — MATEO KOVACIC (MAN CITY)
Always showed his class when fit and rarely put a foot wrong.
Kovacic, 29, brought style and control to Chelsea’s midfield despite criticism over his goal contributions.
He helped the Blues lift several big European trophies.
And the Croatian has since settled in well at City, playing 22 times in all competitions.
CM — MASON MOUNT (MAN UTD)
Once a fan favourite, the 25-year-old has made a fierce enemy of his former side.
Mount brutally turned his back on Chelsea to pen a lucrative deal with struggling Man United.
However, he is yet to make an impact at Old Trafford after being hit with multiple injury problems.
Yet nobody can take away his Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup achievements with his boyhood club.
RW — MO SALAH (LIVERPOOL)
Another De Bruyne-esque exit that Chelsea will forever regret.
Salah, 31, has scored 204 goals for Liverpool in the past six-and-a-half seasons.
He’s also won every club trophy available during his time at Anfield.
And Blues fans have Jose Mourinho to thank again for letting go of another eventual world class star.
ST — KAI HAVERTZ (ARSENAL)
Not many Chelsea fans batted an eyelid when the 24-year-old linked up with rivals Arsenal.
But they may be regretting it now, with Havertz showing his class in midfield under Mikel Arteta.
The German remains popular with some Blues after netting the winner in their Champions League final against Man City.
And Havertz will now be desperate to taste some trophies in north London after finally feeling the heat of a title race.
Ex-Chelsea LW — TIMO WERNER (TOTTENHAM)
Written off as a dud striker, Werner has returned to England with plenty to prove.
He failed to live up to billing at Chelsea after a glorious showing at RB Leipzig.
And the 27-year-old’s second spell with the Germans was also well below par.
But in Ange Postecoglou’s high-octane Tottenham team, Werner is well-placed to haunt his former side.
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