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New Chelsea boy Christian Pulisic has joined his teammates in Japan having cut short his summer break, which only began after the USA’s Gold Cup campaign came to an end with defeat in the final to Mexico 10 days ago.
Just hours after arriving in Japan, Pulisic joined the rest of his Chelsea teammates for a light training session.
The light training session focused on stretching to dust off the cobwebs following the long flight, as well as some light jogging and small-sided games that yielded plenty of laughs and some traditional ear-flicking!
Chelsea will meet Kawasaki Frontale on Friday and Barcelona on Tuesday.
During our stay in Japan, double training sessions have been planned by Frank Lampard and his coaching staff on the days we do not have a match to help step up the players’ preparations for the forthcoming campaign.
Here some of the best photos of Pulisic in training for the first time:
Meanwhile, Lampard has explained why Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu didn’t join the squad for the tour of Japan despite being part of the training camp in Ireland.
“Ethan’s not injured,” Lampard said.
“We are looking at the possibility of Ethan going on loan for the season. I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him. That’s not done yet but we haven’t brought him here while that’s up in the air.
“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”