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Chelsea have touched down in Canada on Wednesday evening local time. For the next two weeks, the Blues will be training at Montreal’s training base. Then they will take part in a pre-season tour where they will play against New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. 

The pre-season tour squad includes:

Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic, Jamal Blackman, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Ola Aina, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Jake Clarke-Salter, Nemanja Matic, John Mikel Obi, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Bertrand Traore, Victor Moses, Loic Remy, Diego Costa,Dominic Solanke.

 

 

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HAZARD
Hazard has been integral in Chelsea's title-winning season. © Francesca Ceciarini

Didier Drogba thinks Chelsea are yet to see the best of Eden Hazard, and that the coming season will be even better than last for the Belgian. 

Hazard had a superb season last year as Chelsea won the Premiership for the first time since 2010 having led the table from the start of the season.

The Belgian’s form won him a hat-trick of Player of the Year Awards- the PFA, the Football Writers’ and Chelsea’s own, as well as a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge. He is also the only the Premiership player shortlisted in UEFA’s list of best in Europe.

Drogba witnessed Hazard’s talent first hand in what was a farewell season for the Ivorian, and he believes that the star of last campaign can imrpove.

He said:

“I try to be objective but he was the best player last season, no doubt. He is winning everything but I still think there is big room for improvement.

“What he’s doing now is only two thirds of what he is capable of. But with age, maturity, he will be able to do even more and become more dangerous.”

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Chelsea should forget signing Pedro from Barcelona and instead pursue Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, according to one of their former players Craig Burley.

Speaking to radio station TalkSport, Burley said he couldn’t see what Pedro would bring to the club and that if the team wants to push on in the Champions League it needs someone who will greatly improve it.

“If Chelsea are going to be signing players and improving the squad, then you have to be a damn good player,” Burley said.

Continuing, he added:

“I’m not sure if Pedro is going to improve this Chelsea team. I don’t see him making a huge impact, any more so than Oscar or people like that.

“If you are going to improve this team, you are looking at the calibre of player like Gareth Bale.

“If he is unhappy at Real Madrid, and there’s been talk about it in the last six months, he is going to give you a different dimension.

Eden Hazard on one side, Bale on the other, and Diego Costa up front. That really improves Chelsea. Pedro? Not really for me.”

Chelsea ave been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer having only bought in Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic.

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EDEN HAZARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR PFA
Chelsea star Eden Hazard with the PFA Players' Player of the Year award

Eden Hazard is the only Premier League player to be included in UEFA’s list of the best players in Europe.

The Chelsea midfielder was voted PFA and Writers Player of the Season last year after an exceptional season which saw the Belgian help Chelsea lit their first Premier League trophy since 2010.

However, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez was the only other player based in England to receive votes from journalists, as the list is dominated by players from Champions League finalists Juventus and Barcelona.

Juve, who lost the final in Berlin 3-1, have five players on the list – the most of any other club. They are Paul Pogba, Gianluigi Buffon, Arturo Vidal and recently departed pair Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo.

Cristiano Ronaldo also makes it onto the shortlist after winning the award last year, and Barca’s front trhee of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar round out the top 10.

The rest of the 30-man list:

11: Arjen Robben (NED – FC Bayern München)

12: Manuel Neuer ( GER – FC Bayern München)

13: Carlos Bacca (COL – Sevilla FC, now AC Milan)

14 = Andrés Iniesta (ESP – FC Barcelona)

14 = Álvaro Morata (ESP – Juventus)

14 = Thomas Müller (GER – FC Bayern München)

17: Kevin De Bruyne (BEL – VfL Wolfsburg)

18: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Paris Saint-Germain)

19 = Gareth Bale (WAL – Real Madrid CF)

19 = André-Pierre Gignac (FRA – Olympique de Marseille)

21 = Robert Lewandowski (POL – FC Bayern München)

21 = Ivan Rakitić (CRO – FC Barcelona)

23 = Jérôme Boateng (GER – FC Bayern München)

23 = Xavi Hernández (ESP – FC Barcelona, now al-Sadd SC)

23 = Jackson Martínez (COL – FC Porto)

23 = Javier Mascherano (ARG – FC Barcelona)

23 = Alexis Sánchez (CHI – Arsenal FC)

28 = Giorgio Chiellini (ITA – Juventus)

28 = Roberto Firmino (BRA – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, now Liverpool FC)

28 = Nemanja Matić (SRB – Chelsea FC)

28 = Arkadiusz Milik (POL – AFC Ajax)

28 = Nicolás Otamendi (ARG  – Valencia FC)

28 = Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid CF)

28 = Marc-André ter Stegen (GER – FC Barcelona)

28 = Arda Turan (TUR – Club Atlético de Madrid, now FC Barcelona)

 

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LAURENT BLANC PSG
Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has stated that the French champions will seek to improve their side following the lifting of UEFA sanctions for breaking FFP rules.

PSG were fined £50 million and forced to cut their Champions League squad from 25 to 21, but those punishments were lifted last month, leading to speculation that the Ligue 1 winners will now spend millions to make them more competitive in European football.

The club is currently pursuing Kevin de Bruyne and Paul Pogba, but their horizons have been broadened further still to include Angel di Maria, Antoinne Griezmann and, although highly unlikely, Eden Hazard.

Speaking to PSG’s official TV channel, Blanc said this:

“We had planned certain things, and we’re now looking at all of that differently. We have time on our side, even if the season will start soon.

“We want to regenerate the team, add more competition in certain positions and, in terms of whether people leave or not, we’ll act.

“If we manage to do what we want to do, I think we’ll be very competitive in France, of course, but also in Europe. All the supporters are expecting that.”

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