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How Chelsea could line up next season with returning loanees Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja straight into starting XI

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CHELSEA could have a new-look to their team next season – even if they do not spend a penny in the summer.

The Blues have a number of players out of contract at the end of the season, especially in defence.

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Thomas Tuchel could include a number of young guns in his Chelsea side next term[/caption]

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The Blues could have new-look next term[/caption]

Centre-half duo Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger will both become free agents in June – but the Blues are confident the latter will stay.

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta also seems set to depart once his deal runs out with a transfer switch to Barcelona the most-likely scenario.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, who failed to secure a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, continues to be linked with the Blues.

But the emergence of Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr means that there are ready-made replacements at the back.

Ben Chilwell and Reece James will both be back to fitness and seem set to be regulars at wing-back.

But they are not the only youngsters that Tuchel reportedly wants to include in his first-team squad.


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Conor Gallagher’s form on loan at Crystal Palace this term has convinced Tuchel to promote him in the upcoming season, according to reports.

The German coach has been impressed with the 22-year-old’s performances at Selhurst Park.

Now he is convinced that the midfielder is ‘ready to compete’ for a regular place when he returns back to Stamford Bridge.

And forward Armando Broja’s efforts during his loan stint at Southampton have also not gone unnoticed.

The Albanian headed to the South Coast last summer after penning a new five-year contract at Chelsea and has hit the net eight times so far.

That has led to boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admitting he wants to turn that move into one long-term.

But Tuchel looks likely to make him part of the set-up in the upcoming season – which may mean some competition for Romelu Lukaku.

The club-record £97.5m signing has failed to hit top form back in West London and could be on his way after a difficult few months in the capital.

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The Blues could have a number of changes to their line-up in 2022/23[/caption]

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