Former Chelsea Midfielder, Jacob Mellis, Now Homeless
A former midfielder for Chelsea is currently homeless.
Jacob Mellis, who Chelsea signed from Sheffield United for £1 million in 2009, became homeless after battling alcoholism throughout his career.
Now, the 32-year-old has explained what went wrong with him.
Mellis played frequently for the Chelsea Reserves, advancing to the FA Youth Cup finals with relative ease.
In the 2010 UEFA Champions League match against MSK Zilina, he made only one appearance for Chelsea’s first team as a substitute.
Throughout his time at Chelsea, Mellis battled alcoholism. David Luiz and Ashley Cole, both former Chelsea defenders, attempted to guide him in the right direction.
Unfortunately, Chelsea released Mellis in 2012 for detonating a smoke grenade at the club’s Cobham training facility, and a misdiagnosed knee injury ended his career in 2022.
In a recent interview with newsmen, Mellis reflected on his current difficulties, stating:
“I spend each day primarily considering where to go. I have family, but I do not wish to depend on them. I intend to attempt to do things for myself. It has been challenging. I attempt not to dwell on it too much. I simply try to get on with things.
“They simply desire the best for me. They attempt to assist me as much as possible. Clearly, they each have their own lives. They find me hotels, or I can occasionally stay at their home. From day to day, there is no stability. You believe that it will never happen to you. I didn’t plan on retiring. It’s challenging.”
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