3 Chelsea stars ignored for USA Tour are not in Pochettino’s plans

Chelsea's Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech (front) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea's Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech (front) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images) /

The return to training for three Chelsea stars has been delayed by Blues head coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has reportedly decided to sell the fringe trio as the new CFC boss and an apparent 29-man squad then flew off for their American preseason tour.

Chelsea should now be in the USA having departed Great Britain according to the latest reports. It will be fascinating to see how well drilled the players become after even a few friendly games under the notoriously discerning and subtly demanding former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain boss. And it appears as though three team members have failed to impress the latest CFC gaffer without actually kicking a ball in his presence.

The English capital outfit desire a less bloated roster with the 2023/24 season on the horizon. Poch is seeking to part ways with more overpaid footballers before the campaign kicks off. Consequently, Romelu Lukaku, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hakim Ziyech were given ‘revised return dates’ for Monday and won’t attend the USA practice matches.

Chelsea unhappy with low perceived Romelu Lukaku transfer offer

Now, this is a transfer saga if ever there was one. Lukaku to Inter Milan. Sorry, I am going to fall to sleep now and let the auto type kick in. In all seriousness, it is claimed that Chels‘ weren’t best pleased as the club from the England responded to Inter Milan’s latest offer for the Belgian international. Round and round we go.

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Evening Standard suggest the Blues have ‘no intention of accepting’ the insufficient bid. Inter offered £25m plus add-ons for Lukaku, yet it isn’t enough to tempt Todd Boehly or whoever is in charge these days. The west London side want to recoup £40million from the initial, ridiculous £97.5m outlaid for the striker. Even back then, the fee felt outrageously unjustifiable.