José Mourinho revealed he’s in talks with the Chelsea board for a possible tour of Japan, after the current Premier League season is over.
The Chelsea boss is aiming to take his team to Japan, the nation of their sponsors for next season (Yokohama Tyres), during the last week of May.
“I think we’ll go on an after-season tour, play a couple of matches in some destination where people will be very enthusiastic to have the league champions.”
“It’s something we are thinking about, a good way to celebrate. Not a victory parade, but a trip, a week where we play a couple of matches but, at the same time, can be together without the pressure of the last weeks of the Premier League.”
“The board are talking with me. We want to go somewhere people are enthusiastic to have a club like Chelsea.”
If a tour does go ahead, it would be a 12,000 mile round trip. It would supposedly last for two weeks.
However, the Japan tour could cause problems in regards to international fixtures. Multiple international teams have international friendlies and Euro 2016 qualifiers during the summer – as well as the Copa America starting on June 11th.
England, France, Serbia, Spain, Belgium and the South American teams, all of whom have players in the Chelsea squad, all have games in early-mid June. FIFA regulations state that international teams are entitled to players 14 days before the start of a tournament.
So, if the tour in Japan does go ahead, Chelsea may have to surrender a series of star players, including Eden Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa, to their respective national teams.