Chelsea stars not on plane
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United States. And a Chelsea statement yesterday confirmed: “N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not travel due to their Covid vaccination status.”
Tuchel has taken a 29-man squad for the three-game tour of America.
England left-back Ben Chilwell is part of the travelling party after missing a huge chunk of last season through injury.
Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour, who were among the players who spent last season away from Stamford Bridge on loan, have been included.
In-demand striker Armando Broja is due to link up with the squad later this week despite his future being in doubt.
Chelsea’s new American owners are keen to make the most of the club’s time in their homeland after completing their buyout from Roman Abramovich at the end of May.
Co-owner Todd Boehly is driving their recruitment bid and hopes to thrash out a final agreement with City for both Sterling and Ake in the coming days.