Two Players Won’t Travel With Chelsea For The Tour Of Japan

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The Blues will leave for Japan on Monday afternoon for a pre-season tour, which will include games against Kawasaki Frontale (next Friday, July 19) and Barcelona the Tuesday after (July 23).

After the training camp at Ireland, the players were given Sunday and Monday morning off but will fly to Japan on Monday afternoon.

According to Carefree Youth, Chelsea youngsters Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen will not be joining the Blues in the pre-season tour to Japan.

Both teenagers impressed during the Irish tour with Gilmour receiving special praise from Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over St Patrick’s.

Carefree Youth also claim even if Lampard wanted to change his plans and include Gilmour and Maatsen in the squad for the trip to Japan, he won’t be able because it’s too late to get visas for the youngsters.

@CarefreeYouth tweeted: “I know I’ve already tweeted about it this week but Ian Maatsen and Billy Gilmour will not be going on tour with the first team to Japan tomorrow.

“They impressed but probably to late to get a visa. Two fixtures then they’ll be back in England anyway.”

Christian Pulisic and Willian, who both missed the Irish pre-season tour, are expected to join the team in Japan.

Lampard has confirmed Pulisic will cut short his vacation to join the squad in Japan on Tuesday.

Lampard said: “Christian joins us on Tuesday when we get there. He is flying in separately as he has had short break but fair play, he wanted to get there quickly which I appreciate. N’Golo [Kante] wil be there.

“We have to step up. I enjoyed the first half but I was not so mad in the second half as we lacked energy. I understand that we are in pre-season but we have to step up.

“It is how I would have been [coming back from holiday early]. It is a huge move for him to a big club and he is a top young player who will only go one way.

“It was important we start the season as well as we can. I know we have injuries but we will need him. I have not met him, I have spoken to him, but it is a good impression.”

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