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Emotional goodbyes farewell messages imminent as 11 players waving goodbye to their premier league club on Sunday

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The final day of the season is set to be the most dramatic one yet in Premier League history, with the title race, relegation battle and hunt for Champions League football all still to be decided when all ten games kick off at 4pm on Sunday.

But, for some, the end will be bittersweet, with plenty of players out of contract or ready to find a new challenge when this rollercoaster season culminates.

101 have assembled an XI of players that will be waving goodbye to their current clubs, and possibly the Premier League, on Sunday.

Ben Foster

Beginning with a veteran shot-stopper, Ben Foster has announced that Sunday will be his final game in a Watford shirt. The 39-year-old joined the Hornets in 2018, and has made over 200 appearances for the Hornets across the Premier League and Championship, keeping 54 clean sheets in the process.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Ben Foster of Watford FC applauds the fans after their sides defeat and relegation to the Championship during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on May 07, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Now likely past his peak, a trip to Stamford Bridge will be his last in Watford colours, and where he heads next remains to be seen.

James Tarkowski

A man who seems certain to stay in the Premier League even if Burnley do not, James Tarkowski will be playing his final game for the Clarets this weekend. Tarkowski was restored to the heart of Burnley’s defence against Aston Villa after missing the Tottenham defeat, and will surely play a key role on Sunday as the Lancashire side fight to stay up.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: James Tarkowski of Burnley gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley FC at Molineux on September 16, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

But, after 200 games, he is set to depart Turf Moor on a free this summer. He will want to sign off by keeping his side in the top flight for next season.

Andreas Christensen

The first of a pair of Chelsea players, Andreas Christensen will be swapping Cobham for the Camp Nou this summer when his contract in west London comes to an end this summer.

The Dane has been at the club for a decade, since he joined the youth setup from Brondby, and has made 200 appearances across the youth and senior setup for the Blues.

TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 29: Andreas Christensen of Chelsea FC in action during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Juventus and Chelsea FC at Allianz Stadium on September 29, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

While he has not always been the flavour of the month at Stamford Bridge, he has been a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s backline upon the German reverting to a back three, and will be hoping that his best years still remain ahead of him in Spain.

Antonio Rudiger

Another Chelsea defender out of contract, another one jetting off to Spain. Antonio Rudiger has become a cult hero at the club not solely for his ability, but also for his commitment and full-blooded nature on the pitch.

However, the club have been unable to agree a deal with the German to keep him beyond this summer, and he will be joining Real Madrid as a free agent.

It means that the German’s final appearance will come, in all likelihood, against already relegated Watford on the final day of this season.

Fernandinho

The first in a veteran loaded-midfield, 37-year-old Fernandinho is leaving Manchester City after nine years of service to the club, winning 11 trophies in the process.

Having racked up 382 appearances for the side under several different managers, the Brazilian has been very much a bit part player this season as his age begins to show, managing just 900 Premier League minutes to date.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League Trophy as Manchester City are presented with the Trophy as they win the league following the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on May 23, 2021 in Manchester, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

And it is unclear whether he will get the send-off he deserves either, with Manchester City needing a win on the final day to secure the Premier League title. Might Fernandinho’s farewell be sacrificed for that?

Mark Noble

Mr West Ham has already had his farewell at the London stadium, but could make his final Hammers appearance in their final day clash with Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Having been a West Ham player all of his life, Noble has racked up 549 appearances across two divisions for the Irons, and is in line to retire on exactly 550 if he takes to the pitch against the Seagulls.

A return to the club in a coaching capacity seems inevitable.

Jesse Lingard

Not afforded the chance to wave goodbye to his home fans in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brentford, Lingard has one last chance to pull on the Manchester United shirt he has worn since childhood in the Red Devils’ final game of the season away to Crystal Palace.

The 29-year-old is set to leave in the summer, with his contract up and Lingard reportedly having no interest in remaining at Old Trafford. Whether Rangnick will give him the chance to say farewell to the away fans at Selhurst Park, however, is another matter.

Nemanja Matic

Underrated for his time at Manchester United, the Red Devils now have the unenvious task of replacing the defensive midfielder this summer. Joining for big money from Chelsea, he has managed nearly 200 appearances for the club, more than he managed in west London.

The 33 year old will be leaving at the end of the season, and the game against Patrick Vieira’s side will be his final outing.

Juan Mata

The last of the Manchester United exodus, Juan Mata is another veteran midfielder set to depart Old Trafford at the season’s end. Like Matic, Mata arrived for a significant sum from Chelsea, this time in 2014, but has never really hit the heights that he did at Stamford Bridge for the Red Devils.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Juan Mata of Manchester United acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mata lifted the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League across his near 300 appearances for Manchester United, but was increasingly underutilized by first Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick.

Alex Lacazette

Perhaps not the most popular name on this list, Alexandre Lacazette will nonetheless be calling time on his five year Arsenal career after 205 appearances. In Arsenal’s final game of the season, against Everton at the Emirates Stadium, Lacazette may get a chance to bid the fans farewell.

It is far from certain, however, given the form of Eddie Nketiah, which has largely left Lacazette as a substitute in recent weeks. Nketiah too is set to leave the club, but it is Lacazette’s high profile departure that makes the cut on this list.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Divock Origi

A cult hero rather than a world-beater, Divock Origi continues to make telling impacts from the bench, most recently against Everton to steal three points at the death.

However, Origi is set to leave Anfield this summer, having managed just 126 Premier League minutes this campaign, and his part in the side reduced further by the arrival of Luis Diaz.

Now leaving this summer, with AC Milan looking like the most likely destination for the Belgian, he will depart an Anfield cult hero. Like Fernandinho, however, the closeness of the title race may prevent him from making a final farewell in the last game of the season.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 37 72 90
2 Liverpool FC 37 66 89
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 37 9 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 37 11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford FC 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 36 4 45
14 Aston Villa 36 -1 44
15 Southampton FC 37 -21 40
16 Everton FC 36 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 -38 35
18 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
19 Watford FC 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 21
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Maddison, James Leicester City 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 10

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