England Former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, has suggested that Chelsea’s new owners could retain Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Rudiger, Christensen and Azpilicueta face an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge presently, with their contracts expiring in the summer.
Chelsea are not allowed to offer new contracts to any of their players or staff due to sanctions put on their Russian owner Roman Abramovich by the British government.
A number of major parties are said to be interested in a takeover of the reigning Champions League holders from Abramovich.
It was reported earlier that the owners of the Chicago Cubs and Ken Griffin have joined forces in a bid to buy Chelsea.
However, Robinson believes that a takeover will certainly go through before the end of the current season, adding that he would not be surprised if Chelsea’s new owners keep all the three defenders.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I’m sure the sale of the football club will go through. I don’t think it’ll take as long as expected. There are serious players who want to buy this football club. There is a will and a want on both sides so I fully expect a deal to go through.”
He added: “I don’t think it will drag on beyond the end of the season so I think there will be an opportunity to sort out these contracts. There is a different scenario surrounding each of Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Christensen. But I wouldn’t be surprised if all three of them were retained under new ownership.”