Mauricio Pochettino can secure a tidy tailwind, with Chelsea ready to take advantage of the next transfer exit

In an ideal world, Trevoh Chalobah would already be excited and looking forward to what is set to be a fascinating season for Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino took charge of the Blues’ squad for the first time on Monday at Cobham as he got to know his new players better. The Argentine even hosted a barbecue for the club’s staff on his first day in his new role as he tries to introduce a new culture at Cobham – a sense of togetherness.

Chalobah was among the players who got to work with Pochettino in his first few days at Chelsea, unlike some of his team-mates who have had extended breaks after representing their international teams in recent weeks. At some point, however, Chalobah – like many of Chelsea’s players – will have to sit down with Pochettino and his staff to discuss his role at the club going forward. understand the defender is open to leaving Stamford Bridge this summer but will not be actively pushing for a move away. The feeling is mutual and Chelsea would be open to allowing Chalobah to leave if the right offer came along, but if a solution cannot be found then they would be more than happy to have the 24-year-old around.

Pochettino would ideally like to have four centre-backs to choose from in his first-team squad, and by all accounts it looks like those players have picked themselves something. Thiago Silva, who has been Chelsea’s most consistent defender since joining the club on a free transfer in 2020, will have another season in west London after signing a one-year contract extension in February.

Meanwhile, Wesley Fofana impressed in his debut season with the club last time out. The France international was consistent in the majority of his performances, but his campaign was unfortunately disrupted by injury problems.

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Benoît Badiashile joined the club in the January transfer window and despite many believing him to be one for the future, the 22-year-old defender made an immediate impact on the pitch. The Frenchman impressed with his old-fashioned defensive style and his modern qualities on the ball. He suffered a serious hamstring injury towards the end of last season, however understands he is targeting a return in the next few months and is back in the gym.

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