The Blues are preparing for their first pre-season match against Club America on their US tour on Sunday.

After that, Thomas Tuchel and Co will play Charlotte and Arsenal Stateside, before heading to Italy to face Udinese.

And new owner Boehly took the chance to address his troops in person following his £4.25billion takeover.

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The Stamford Bridge chairman was spotted holding a meeting with his new stars, including a new face in Sterling – who completed his £50million move from Manchester City earlier this week.

After the sit-down chat at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, the Blues squad got down to business on the training pitch under the watchful eye of Boehly.

 

And Sterling was right among the action as fans caught a glimpse of their new star.

 

Raheem Sterling

Earlier this week, the first signing of the Boehly era said: “London is my home” upon signing a five-year contract.

The England forward, 27, moved on to seek more regular starts after an Etihad bench role for much of last season.

After signing, Sterling took to Instagram to say: “So glad to be a Chelsea player right now.

 

“Honestly can’t wait to get started and yeah, let’s make history together.”

Sterling later revealed: “First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here.

“I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve.

“I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt under Thomas’ management.

 

“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.”

But first, there’s the small matter of pre-season across the Atlantic.

Sterling was spotted gearing up for his debut alongside new teammates in LA on Friday.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is fighting for his future at the Blues and was seen throwing himself around during goalkeeping drills.

 

Kai Havertz beamed as he was given a rub-down following the session in the grueling West Coast sunshine, with Thiago Silva pouring water over Hakim Ziyech to help deal with the heat.

 

 

Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech

Moreso, the likes of Conor Gallagher and Harvey Vale were seen being put through their paces as they target a regular first-team spot in 2022-23.

The defender has completed a £34million switch to Chelsea from Napoli and is expected to fill the void left by Antonio Rudiger, who has joined Real Madrid on a free transfer.

 

Kalidou Koulibaly

A former manager of Chelsea who managed during his time as Napoli boss has shared his concerns over the defender losing focus on the pitch and his tendency to be ‘overconfident’.

These worries have left the former Blues manager doubting whether the 31-year-old will be as dominant as he was in Serie A.

He told The Athletic: ‘He must improve his concentration at times.

‘He can be guilty of losing focus and can be overconfident, but he has been hugely influential at Napoli, and people I know and trust have told me that he has been the best center-back in Italy during this time.

‘This season will be the Premier League for him and he could be fine for the way that Tuchel wants to play.

‘He has similarities with Rudiger – he is very good at running with the ball, he’s good with both feet.’

‘Powered by “is he a little bit too nice?” We will see what happens at Chelsea.

‘As I said, in Italy, he was fine because he was so quick, but I doubt he will be so dominant over here.’

According to some reports, it had been suggested that while Koulibaly’s aerial ability was not the best, he was always willing to try and improve and take on advice from the coaches.

‘Aerial ability wasn’t his biggest strength but in Italy, that mattered a bit less and he was ok,’ he said.

‘It will be interesting to see how that develops in the Premier League but he was always very keen to learn.

‘He spent time with me and my staff after training sessions to work on his heading and improving his technique.’

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been trying to sign Koulibaly all summer as he needed defensive reinforcements following the exits of central defenders Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who joined Barcelona after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired.

 

 

 

 

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