Todd talks: New Chelsea owner Boehly is pictured giving a speech to his squad before grabbing a close look at his maiden £50m signing Raheem Sterling from the touchline at training session in LA
- Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has been pictured watching the team in training
- The American stood on the sidelines and watched his first new Blues signing
- New £50million arrival Raheem Sterling took part at the base in Los Angeles
- Boehly took time out to speak with the entire Blues squad at the training base
New Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has been pictured watching the Blues train and even giving a speech to the squad during their pre-season tour in USA.
The Blues are set to play three pre-season matches in America before flying to Italy to continue their tour, as they prepare for the upcoming Premier League season.
Boehly, who took over Chelsea at the end of May after previous owner Roman Abramovic put the club up for sale following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has been a big part of the tour so far by setting up a visit to baseball team LA Dodgers who he also part owns.
New Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has been pictured watching his club train in Los Angeles
The American Boehly also took time out to speak to the entire squad at their training base
Not only that, the American has taken a very hands on approach by watching the Blues undergo training in California, as he was seen stood on the sidelines as boss Thomas Tuchel took a session.
The new owner got to take a look at his maiden £50million signing Raheem Sterling at the training session, after the club unveiled the England international was joining from Premier League rivals Manchester City earlier this week.
Boehly also took time out to give a speech to the entire squad at the training base in LA to share his thoughts and wisdom.
The new owner got to take a look at his maiden £50million signing Raheem Sterling in LA
Sterling’s capture represents a statement of intent by Chelsea, who finished third in last season’s Premier League, as they attempt to close the gap on top two City and Liverpool.
The 27-year-old won four league titles during his time at the Etihad Stadium with City and the Blues will hope he can now help them deliver similar success.
Sterling flew straight to LA after being announced to link up with the team and made it just in time to watch the Dodgers play alongside his team-mates and owner Boehly.
Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Jorginho were all pictured at the home of the Dodgers as Chelsea continue to prepare for their pre-season tour of the USA.
Marcus Bettinelli and Malang Sarr also posed for pictures as Sterling donned the Chelsea dark blue for the first time.
Several Chelsea players took in the views at LA Dodgers’ Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
New signing Raheem Sterling also posed for photos at the ground in the new Chelsea kit
Owner Boehly is not only hands on by watching the team train, he is keen to be very active in the transfer market to ensure that they can compete at the top end of the league table, as they begin a new era.
The Blues are edging closer to completing a £34m deal for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and have been heavily linked with a number of other elite players.
They have, however, seen the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen depart of free transfers while Romelu Lukaku re-joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal.
American co-owner Boehly is also keen to be very active in the transfer market this summer
Boss Tuchel has been open about the need to strengthen the squad after seeing key defensive players depart and to help the squad compete with the top teams such as City and Liverpool this campaign.
Chelsea will kick off their games in the US on Sunday when they face Club America at the Allegiant Stadium.
They’ll then take on Charlotte FC on Thursday, before rounding up their tour against London rivals Arsenal on Saturday.
They’ll then head back to Europe to visit Udinese before they face Everton at Goodison Park on August 6 in their Premier League opener.