New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract.
Chelsea have confirmed Mohamed Salah has been spared completing his national service in his native Egypt. The former Basel man was reportedly going to be forced to return to Egypt to complete the duty after cancelling his place on an education program, which spared him the obligation. However despite the fears, Chelsea have confirmed the winger will be allowed to remain at Stamford Bridge. Military service in Egypt can last for anything between one and three years, with males becoming eligible when they turn 18.
Drogba returning to the club is good news for Romelu Lukaku who could use the mentoring from a club great and one of the world’s best.
— Pasalic on his loan move to La Liga debutants Elche
Costa and Luis have joined up with the team for pre-season.
It is being reported that Belgium international forward Romelu Lukaku has been told by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that he will have a second chance at the Blues this coming season. Lukaku had spent two seasons out on loan at West Brom and Everton respectively. Despite a successful spell at Everton and the Toffees’ attempts to make a permanent move for Lukaku this summer, Chelsea have decided to keep hold of the burly forward and utilise him as a backup for new signing Diego Costa.
Mourinho on the transfer window thus far:
“I have to say my club did a fantastic job and not just because of what we bought but a fantastic job because we did it almost in record time. The market closes at 31 August and we close our market on 19 July. We finished our market today … We knew the targets, we knew the players. The club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage …”
Oriol Romeu has been handed a new three-year deal at Chelsea despite not playing a competitive game for the club since December 2012. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Valencia, making 19 appearances overall.
That’s 3 in 2 in preseason for John Terry. He can’t stop scoring.
John Terry: “I delighted to come back and win the game… not making excuses, we should be better than that, but hopefully we can build on that.”
Mohamed Salah’s future with Chelsea could be in the balance after reports suggested he could be forced to return to Egypt to carry out military service.
Thibaut Courtois has bid farewell to Atletico Madrid as he looks set to finally be handed a chance with parent club Chelsea for the coming season after penning a goodbye message to Atletico.
Meanwhile, Cech’s future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco interested in the Czech international.
Filipe Luis is flying to London to undergo a medical at Chelsea as he prepares to complete his £20million switch from Atletico Madrid.