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Chelsea squad for European Super Cup confirmed but Romelu Lukaku could feature

The Blues are set to break their club record transfer to land former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter, and the Belgian could feature against Villarreal on Wednesday

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Tuchel coy when quizzed on Chelsea’s Lukaku links

Romelu Lukaku could be involved in Chelsea’s European Super Cup clash against Villarreal on Wednesday despite not being involved in the club’s 26-man squad.

The Blues named their matchday squad for the encounter on Sunday, but amendments can be made up until 11pm on Tuesday night if the Belgian striker can be registered on time.

It is widely reported that a club record £98million deal has been agreed with Inter for the 28-year-old and he is set to undergo a medical in Belgium on Sunday.

That would then allow Chelsea to officialise the move for the striker on Monday and register them for their first game of the season, to be played in Belfast, two days later.



Romelu Lukaku looks set to leave Inter to return to Chelsea




The UEFA regulations stipulate that players can be included in the matchday squad up to 11pm on the previous evening for the encounter.

Lukaku is on the brink of returning to Stamford Bridge seven years after leaving the club for Everton on a permanent basis and he could be involved against the Yellow Submarine in Northern Ireland.

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There is no place for two players who have featured heavily for the Blues in pre-season, with Trevoh Chalobah set to exit the club on loan for another year – although he does appear to have a long-term future at Chelsea.









Another absentee is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has featured in pre-season friendlies after returning from a loan spell at Fulham.

Tuchel has said of Loftus-Cheek, as per football.london : “Generally, I am happy and that’s why he plays, he deserves to play at this point of the preparation.

“But I think he can do even more, he can show up more. He can show more physical capability and drive more with the ball. I’m never satisfied with him, I have the feeling we need to push him to the absolute limit.



Ruben Loftus-Cheek has not been included in the Super Cup squad
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“It’s too early to judge Ruben. He has everything in his hands and it’s on him to decide his own future like every player. He has to keep on going 150% because 100% is not enough.”

Wales international Ethan Ampadu is included in the squad after his run of games in pre-season along with Albanian striker Armando Broja.

Mason Mount, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Jorginho, Emerson and Thiago Silva – who all returned to training this week – are involved with the squad but are unlikely to start due to their lack of a pre-season.







Goalkeepers : Edouard Mendy, Kepa, Marcus Bettinelli, Lucas Bergstrom

Defenders : Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ethan Ampadu, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso, Emerson

Midfielders : N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Tino Anjorin

Attackers : Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, Armando Broja

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