Every year the Premier League loses a handful of greats.
Players in their 30s waving goodbye to the adoring fans, picking up a small trophy or plaque and saying their goodbyes.
In some over-the-top cases *cough* John Terry *cough* they substitute themselves off the pitch when the minute strikes the number on the back of their shirt.
But the handful of players leaving the Premier League this season are set for a swift, unceremonious farewell to the clubs they have served for years.
Here is Dream Team’s goodbye to six of those players out of contact this summer.
David Silva – Manchester City
City’s legends are few and far between.
While Manchester United were winning the treble with the Class of ’92, City were battling to get out of the third tier of English football back in 1999.
Their success is a recent one and one that has coincided with the City career of Silva.
The little midfielder already has over 300 Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side and, along with Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, is one of the three names that oversaw the huge change at City and stayed with the team throughout.
While I’m not sure Silva is the kind of player who would ask for the last game of the season to be stopped in the 21st minute so he could substitute himself, he definitely deserves some kind of appreciation for his time in the Premier League.
Adios y gracias, David.
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal & Chelsea
Giroud’s Premier League career might be coming to an end just when it looked like the Frenchman was finding his place in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side.
The forward had played three Premier League games in a row for the first time all season before the Coronavirus outbreak.
The 33-year-old looks to have his heart set on the Premier League scrapheap that is Inter Milan with no guaranteed game time at Chelsea.
The scorer of great goals and World Cup winner has 80 League goals to his name in England, more than Luis Suarez and just five behind Fernando Torres.
Farewell to a classy, largely under-appreciated forward who has one hell of a ‘best goals’ video on YouTube.
Jan Vertonghen – Spurs
It feels like the Belgian defender has been at Spurs for an eternity.
The 32-year-old joined the London side back in 2012 and has been more or less a permanent fixture in the first team ever since.
While he won’t have a trophy to show for his time at the club, he definitely deserves a standing ovation from the Spurs fans.
Vertonghen is a two-time PFA Team of the Season entree and a legend in the white half of north London.
Jose Mourinho was apparently keen for the defender to sign a new deal but it looks as though his days are numbered and the Spurs faithful might not get their chance to say goodbye.
Willian – Chelsea
*Barcelona lick their lips*
Willian looks set to leave the club he joined back in 2013 this summer on a free transfer, that’s not to say Barcelona won’t come in with a £50million bid for the winger.
The Brazilian has won two Premier League titles and was Chelsea’s Player of the Year back in 2016.
A lot of Blues’ fans have wanted Willian out for a few years and with Hakim Ziyech already on his way in this summer their wishes may soon be granted.
He has also won a Europa League, League Cup and and FA Cup during is time at the club.
Pedro – Chelsea
Signed in 2015, Pedro has been a solid player for Chelsea starting 29 Premier League games in their 2016/17 title-winning campaign.
Lampard has tried to bleed in the youth at Chelsea to replace both Willian and Pedro although the pair were back starting games in March which shows the duo’s experience may well be missed when the pair eventually leave the club.
The Spaniard is the most decorated player currently in the Premier League, mainly thanks to his Barcelona days.
Chelsea fans might just regret calling for Willian and Pedro’s heads.
Aaron Lennon – Burnley
Lennon made his Premier League debut back in 2003 for Leeds and has made nearly 400 appearances for The Whites, Spurs, Everton and now Burnley.
The 33-year-old may yet stay another year but might just look at the MLS or elsewhere for a nice suntan and a pay cheque before he hangs up his boots.
The winger made 26 appearances for England but never got a goal for The Three Lions.
Still, another one of the ‘Old Guard’ potentially leaving the top flight with very little ado.
It is unlikely this season will end with us fans watching from the stands.
There will be no Terry-like ceremony, no microphone on the pitches, just empty seats for the players to wave at if it finishes behind closed doors.
So from us here at Dream Team, however the season ends, farewell lads.
It’s been a pleasure.