Chelsea and Manchester City are two of the biggest club in England right now. Over the past decade the clubs have gone head to head to be regarded as EPL’s finest. Many big players have played for these clubs and today let us have a look at some of the players who played for both Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Here are the top 10 players who played for both Chelsea and Manchester City –
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10. Scott Sinclair
Chelsea signed Sinclair from Bristol Rovers in July 2005. At Chelsea he spent periods on loan at Plymouth Argyle, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic before signing for Swansea City in 2010. He became a regular at Swansea and his good form led him to four-year contract with champions Manchester City in August 2012.
Sinclair’s time at City was hardly interesting and he was loaned to West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa. He joined Villa on a permanent contract in 2015, and moved on to Celtic in August 2016.
9. George Weah
Current President of Liberia, George Weah played a very short number of games across brief spells at Chelsea and City in 2000, but is remembered fondly in both London and Manchester. He also won the FA Cup playing for Chelsea.
8. David Rocastle
After a lengthy career at Arsenal, via a season at Leeds United, midfielder Rocastle came to Man City for 1993/94 campaign and then joined Chelsea. He stayed at Chelsea until 1998 including two loan spells at Norwich City and Hull City.
7. Terry Phelan
Phelan joined Manchester City from Wimbledon for £2.5 million at the start of the 1992–93 season, equalling the British record transfer fee for a defender as well as equalling the club’s record fee. At City, Phelan made 122 appearances over three and a half seasons. Arguably the best goal of Phelan’s career came at Maine Road for City in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur when the full-back ran the length of the pitch skipping several challenges and keeping his cool to slot home.
Phelan moved to Chelsea in November 1995, where he spent two years on the fringes of the first team before moving to Everton. He is best remembered, though, for being part of Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ FA Cup winners in 1988.
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6. Wayne Bridge
Bridge struggled to establish a place for himself at both Chelsea and Manchester City and was kept out of the team by ex-Arsenal pair Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy respectively. However ,he did make 200 combined appearances for both the clubs.
5. Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge came through the ranks at Manchester City but failure to get regular opportunities saw him move to Stamford Bridge in 2009. With Chelsea, the England international won the Premier League, two FA Cups and the Champions League but was never able to establish himself as a starter.
With Nicolas Anelka, Demba Ba, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres all in front of him for selection at one time or another, he joined the Reds in January 2013. At Liverpool, he become one of the best strikers in the league before injuries ruined his career.
4. Nicolas Anelka
Of the numerous Premier League sides former France forward Anelka played for, he stayed the longest at these two. He spent two-and-a-half seasons with Man City (2002-05) and was their main man up front with 37 goals in 89 outings.
Anelka then had four years with Chelsea (2008-12) where he won the English top flight’s Golden Boot in 2008/09, and recorded a Premier League and FA Cup double the following season.
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3. Shaun Wright Phillips
Shaun Wright-Phillips came through the ranks at Manchester City and established himself as one of the top wingers in the Premier League before joining Chelsea in 2005. With the Blues, Wright-Phillips won the Premier League but scored just four league goals in three seasons before making a return to his former club.
In his second spell with the Citizens, the former England international regained some form but was soon offloaded to Queens Park Rangers. He is still quite popular with City fans.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne joined Chelsea in 2012 and after a successful loan spell at Werder Bremen, became part of the first team squad in 2013 when Jose Mourinho was manager. However, the Portuguese never gave him the chance to prove himself and he was soon sold to Wolfsburg.
With the Bundesliga club, De Bruyne became one of the premier attacking midfielders and joined Manchester City in 2015. Since then, he has become one of the best players in the Premier League.
1. Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard, a true Chelsea legend, won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League at Stamford Bridge before leaving the club in 2014 as their all-time top goalscorer.
He joined MLS side New York City but then was loaned out immediately to their sister club Manchester City for the 2014/15 season. Lampard played regularly for the Citizens and even scored against Chelsea, choosing not to celebrate his goal. He then returned to New York where he spent two years before hanging up his boots.
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