Chelsea Squad Arrive In Asia For Pre-Season Tour

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Chelsea have arrived in Malaysia to kick-start their pre-season tour and were greeted by hundreds of screaming supporters.

The 26-man squad landed at 1pm local time after a 13-hour flight with a mixture of experience and fresh faces.

Brazilians Ramires and David Luiz were the only big-name absentees as they are still on international duty.

Daniel Sturridge, Josh McEachran, Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt will all hope to use these fixtures as a chance to impress new boss Andre-Villas-Boas.

Four youth players have also travelled who are yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea.

Jamal Blackman, 17, last season’s FA Youth Cup campaign goalkeeper and Nathaniel Chalobah, 17, England U17s’ skipper will hope to get some match time.

Billy Clifford, 18, a Youth Cup winner in 2010 who played in midfield against Wycombe and Portsmouth this pre-season.

Slobodan Rajkovic, a 22-year-old centre-back from Serbia who signed in 2007 but spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and previous seasons on loan at PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente.

The Blues begin their tour against a Malaysia XI on Thursday before facing a Thailand XI and Kitchee next week.

After a first introduction to the local media, the players will train this evening at the Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The full squad is:

Petr Cech, Henrique Hilario, Ross Turnbull, Jamal Blackman, Jose Bosingwa,Paulo Ferreira, Branislav Ivanovic, Alex, John Terry, Slobodan Rajkovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ashley Cole, Patrick van Aanholt, Ryan Bertrand, John Mikel Obi, Josh McEachran, Frank Lampard, Yossi Benayoun, Billy Clifford,Yury Zhirkov, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, Daniel Sturridge, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres.

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