The champions of England have left out five of their players from the 25-man pre-season tour squad to Asia, including new signings, Tiemone Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger. The other stars who are not part of the team are Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard. The trio of Costa, Matic and Zouma have been left out with their fate at Stamford Bridge hanging in the balance, while Hazard and Bakayoko have not been picked due to issues regarding their fitness.
It is no secret that the Italian manager is not having the best relationship with his Brazilian born striker at present and that the attacker has not been doing himself a favour by his recent actions. Matic, on the other hand, was being linked with a return to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, as Manchester United looked interested in acquiring his services. Their future at the club looks in peril, as the duo could be leaving the Londoners prior to the start of the new season and their omission from the current squad could be a sign of things to follow.
Further, Zouma was dropped from the team too and is expected to join Stoke City on a season long loan, with the Daily Mail confirming spotting him at the Potter’s training ground over the weekend. Also, new additions to the squad, Bakayoko and Rudiger have been left out for two different reasons and the duo would be disappointed too.
The Frenchman, Bakayoko, is still recovering from a knee surgery that he sustained at the end of last season and could be out until September, as per reports. In Rudiger’s case, he is on holiday after representing the German national side in the Confederations Cup and is expected to join the team in the second leg of the tour probably.
Furthermore, Willy Caballero, who joined the club from Manchester City, is part of the squad and might make his debut on the tour for the Blues. Hazard, on his part, is still recovering from the broken-ankle and will not be training for the next five to six weeks at least.
The squad includes likes of Remy, Kenedy and Charly Musonda, as well, with four teenagers included as well. It will be interesting to see how they perform in the matches against the likes of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.