Mesut Ozil, Danny Drinkwater, Gedson Fernandes, Phil Jones and Harry Wilson lead the £237MILLION list of stars left out ENTIRELY by their clubs as European squads are announced

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Mesut Ozil, Danny Drinkwater, Gedson Fernandes, Phil Jones and Harry Wilson lead the £237MILLION list of stars left out ENTIRELY by their clubs as European squads are announced
Mesut Ozil, Danny Rose and Phil Jones will not feature in Europe this season
A number of big-name players have been exiled by their respective teams
Up to £237million’s worth of talent will now be left at home in the coming months
Man City and Leicester were the only sides not to make any notable omissions

The Premier League clubs featuring in UEFA’s two European competitions this season have announced their squads – and it has spelled the death for a number of big-money stars.

Mesut Ozil, Danny Drinkwater and Danny Rose are among the list of names that have been completely omitted by clubs for this season’s continental competitions, with £237million-worth of talent being left in the stands.

Clubs taking part in European competitions are only allowed to pick a maximum of 17 players that are defined as ‘non-homegrown’ while the remaining eight members of the 25-man squad should be homegrown.

As a result, this has left a tricky selection choice for the likes of Mikel Arteta, who decided against including Sokratis, William Saliba and Ozil for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign.

Ozil, who is the Gunners’ joint-highest earner on £350,000 a week, has not played for the club since March while Greek defender Sokratis is yet to feature this season.

The decision to leave Ozil out comes as Arsenal renew their attempts to reach a pay-off agreement with the German, who has been frozen out by Arteta.

Saliba, who cost the Gunners £27m, has also been left out after the north London club tried sending him back to France on loan before deadline day.

A move back to Saint Etienne was on the cards but the proposed loan switch fell through, leaving the Ligue 1 side frustrated.

The most notable omissions at Chelsea come in the form of Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, who will now struggle to see any game time unless they complete moves away before the domestic transfer window closes next week.

Drinkwater has struggled tremendously since completing his £35m move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge in 2017, while he failed to impress during loan spells at Burnley and most recently Aston Villa.

Moses was linked with a move back to Inter Milan but the move fell through. Inter boss Antonio Conte will now look to return for the winger in the January window instead.

At Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to leave out Phil Jones, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, having announced the 23-man squad for their upcoming Champions League campaign.

Romero has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford with the MLS proving to be a potential destination after he saw a switch to Everton fall through.

For Tottenham fans, it will come as no surprise that Rose has not been selected by Jose Mourinho considering the England left back has not been given a squad number this season.

Mourinho has also found no room to include Spurs loanee Gedson Fernandes in his European plans, who looks set to return to Benfica once his 18-month loan spell comes to an end at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham agreed to pay Benfica £56m should they decide to make the Portuguese midfielder’s move a permanent one next summer but it appears his move will remain as a loan.

Paulo Gazzaniga is the other casualty not to make Spurs’ European squad with the Argentine deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of Joe Hart, who conveniently fits the homegrown quota.

For Liverpool, there was no room for the £15m-rated Harry Wilson in Jurgen Klopp’s plans and he will now be made to watch his team-mates at home on European nights.

There were no big-name omissions from either Manchester City or Leicester.


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