​Michy Batshuayi completed his £33m transfer from Marseille to Chelsea last week, and Blues fans will be hoping he can carve out a similar career in West London to those who have also joined the club from Lique 1.

It is a well trodden path from France to Stamford Bridge, with many of Chelsea’s great players crossing the English Channel to play for the club.

We take a look back at the six best to have secured a move to the Bridge following their performances across the Channel…

6. Cesar Azipilicueta


​Full back Cesar Azpilicueta joined the club during the 2012-13 season for a fee of £7m from Marseille. 

His arrival at Stamford Bridge went under the radar in a summer where Chelsea spent close to £100m.

However, since making his Premier League debut in November 2012, ‘Dave’ as he is known around West London has gone on to make 115 league appearances for the club.

Azpilicueta has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at Chelsea, even making the switch from right back to left back under Jose Mourinho.

5. William Gallas

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​William Gallas arrived from Marseille for a fee of £6.2m prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival in West London.

A fan favourite during his time at Stamford Bridge, Gallas became an integral part of the side that bought Chelsea their first league trophy in 55 years in 2004-05. Striking up a partnership at the heart of the Blues defence with John Terry, the pair kept clean sheets for 16 consecutive games.

Gallas was used more frequently as a full back during the 2005-06 season, and became well known for scoring important goals against Liverpool, Manchester United and a late stunner against Tottenham Hotspur.

4. Michael Essien

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​Michael Essien is recognised as one of the toughest players to grace the Stamford Bridge pitch.

‘The Bison’, as he was known, joined Chelsea from Lyon in 2005 for a fee around £25m. The Ghanian went on to become a key part in a midfield trio alongside Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack.

Renowned for covering more than 10km per game, the former African player of the year was integral during Chelsea’s success between 2005-2012.

Essien was not afraid to have a strike at goal from distance, scoring memorable goals against Arsenal during 2006-07 and Barcelona in a Champions League semi final in 2009.

His career at the Bridge unfortunately came to a disappointing end after a long suffering knee injury.

3. Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard is recognised as the most talented individual ever to grace the royal blue Chelsea shirt.

He announced his arrival at Chelsea in 2012 following the Blues’ Champions League success and arrived for a fee of £32m from Lille.

His sensational performances during the 2014-15 season saw him sweep all individual accolades as Chelsea romped to a fourth Premier League title.​ Hazard’s goal against Crystal Palace was enough to secure the title for the club.

Despite a disappointing 2015-16 season, the Belgium midfielder’s talents are undoubtable and the tricky player showed signs of getting back to his best ahead of the upcoming season where he will look to link up with Batshuayi. 

2. Peter Cech

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Petr Cech joined Chelsea as a £7m import from Rennes. An unknown quantity, Claudio Ranieri wanted Cech to act as an understudy to Carlo Cudicini.

Following his arrival, however, Cudicini suffered an injury promoting the Czech goalkeeper to the Blues’ number 1 spot and he never looked back.

Making over 300 appearances for the club, Cech was the backbone of all Chelsea’s success since his arrival at the club.

Cech’s most notable contributions to the club came in the form of a run of 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal in the 2004-05 season, as well as his saves in the penalty shoot out between Chelsea and Bayern Munich which saw the Blues crowned champions of Europe.

The tall Czech also holds the record for the most amount of Premier League clean sheets, keeping 162 of the 178 he has achieved at Chelsea.

1. Didier Drogba

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​Didier Drogba arrived from France as a £24m risk undertaken by Jose Mourinho.

Having come to England as a big man who fell to the floor to easily, Drogba transformed his career and formed part of a formidable spine along with Cech, John Terry and Frank Lampard as Chelsea dominated English football for a period of time.

The Ivorian forward has gone on to become the greatest player ever to adorn the blue of Chelsea. 

A big game player, Drogba scored 10 goals in finals, winning every available honour at club level during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The club’s fourth all-time top goalscorer became immortalised in West London after dragging Chelsea to European glory in 2012 against Bayern Munich.