HAKIM ZIYECH appeared glum-faced as he jetted off for pre-season with Chelsea.
The Blues squad were pictured boarding a plane to Los Angeles where they will undergo part of their pre-season preparations.
Moroccan playmaker Ziyech appeared to strike a glum tone in his pic as speculation surrounding his future continues to circulate.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Serie A champions AC Milan after handing in a transfer request at Stamford Bridge last month.
Ziyech also announced he was taking it upon himself to ‘take full control of his professional future.’
Long-term servant Cesar Azpilicueta was also spotted among the group, despite rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona.
Elsewhere, wing-back Marcos Alonso donned a double thumbs up for the camera, while Reece James cast a beaming smile while walking alongside goalie Kepa Arrizzabalaga behind Alonso.
Germany duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner as well as winger Callum Hudon-Odoi took more neutral expressions in front of the camera.
Ben Chilwell, who has returned to fitness after a major injury layoff, treated fans to a group selfie of himself and a number of other Chelsea stars.
On the other hand, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss the club’s US tour due to their Covid-19 vaccination status making them unable to travel to the States.
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Thomas Tuchel’s squad could soon be reinforced by Man City duo Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake who both reportedly agreed personal terms with The Blues earlier this week.
Chelsea were also after signing Ousmane Dembele, but he is now said to be close to agreeing a new deal with Barcelona, which will turn Todd Boehly’s efforts towards completing a deal for Raphinha.
The new Chelsea owner has taken up the role of interim director of football after club chairman Bruce Buck and transfer guru Marina Granovskaia departed.
Remarkably Boehly is now said to be in discussions to sign Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong, while he also held a meeting with the agent of wantaway superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.