Player who are advanced in age, find it very hard to get opportunities in big European clubs due to their age directly affecting their ability to perform to a certain level for the club in order to justify the heavy amount of salary that will be paid to the aging players over the period of their contract with the club.
Another reason for clubs not signing players that are over 35+ years is that, these veteran players, may or certainly will hinder the progress of youth players within the club set up. Youth players coming through the ranks in clubs are very important these days due to the home grown quota introduced in various leagues.
Many clubs are even reluctant to hand their players that are over the age of 30, contracts that is more than one year. This has prompted many players to leave their respective clubs after the clubs declined to offer them longer contracts to stay with the club.
3 PLAYERS TO HAVE SIGNED FOR CHELSEA AFTER TURNING 35+
Chelsea, have however, signed three (3) players who are 35 Years or more since the English top flight football was named the English Premier League.
It is however, worthy to note that for Chelsea football club to take this kind of a gamble for any player, the player must be well worth it, as it is not their style to pay huge salaries to players who are nearing the end of their careers.
BELOW ARE THE 3 PLAYERS TO HAVE SIGNED FOR CHELSEA AFTER TURNING 35+
1. GLENN HODDLE
The English man who played for the three Lions between 1979-1988 signed for Chelsea after turning 35+ in the year 1993, from Swindon Town. Hoddle was a player/coach for both Swindon Town and Chelsea.
He played for Chelsea for two seasons before eventually becoming their coach. He also represented Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco. He currently works as a TV pundit.
2. DIDIER DROGBA.
The Chelsea legend left the club in his first spell with the London club after his last kick of the ball for Chelsea, won them the UEFA Champions League in 2012.
The Ivorian striker moved to the Chinese Super league to play for Shanghai Shenhua before returning to European football after one season in Asian football. On his return to Europe, he moved to the Turkish league, playing for Galatasary.
Upon the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the Portuguese manager resigned Drogba in 2014/2015 season to help contribute his quota. It paid off, as his few appearance helped Chelsea to the Premier League title that season. After one season, Drogba moved to the MLS.
3. THIAGO SILVER
The former Brazilian national team captain was signed for the club in August 2020 after a very successful spell in France with Paris Saint-Germain, winning the French ligue 1 seven out of the eight years he spent playing for the club.
Here is hoping that his signing will equally pay off just as the first two players over 35+ to sign for Chelsea, paid off.