Sport Chelsea to face Fulham in 'behind closed doors' friendly today

13:25  15 july  2017
13:25  15 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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  Piazon signs for Fulham on loan Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon has signed for Championship side Fulham on a season-long loan. Fulham have officially confirmed the deal, via their Twitter (see below), with Piazon set to link up with his teammates next week. Twitter: | The Club is pleased to announce that Lucas Piazon will be returning on a season-long loan from Chelsea.… https://t.co/DtuXZOE1Dr (@FulhamFC) Although, he is no stranger to the Fulham squad having spent time on loan at Craven Cottage last campaign. The Brazilian scored six goals in 29 games last season in all competitions, with the club eager to bring him back for next season. Antonio Conte has sanctioned the move, given that he was unlikely to break into the Chelsea side. The 23-year-old will now be able to get a full season of regular game time before Chelsea make a decision on his future next summer. Piazon has been at Chelsea since 2011.

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Chelsea are to face Fulham today in a ‘behind closed doors’ friendly as the club’s pre-season preparations get well underway.

Closed off friendlies are not uncommon at this time of the season and it’s likely to be a Chelsea XI made up of younger players, or those returning from loan who have not been included in the squad to face Crawley.

It’s unlikely that a host of first-team players will be involved against the Championship outfit as the Premier League champions put in the final preparations before flying out on their tour of China, however, a number of players could get a runout.

The friendly is just a day after Fulham completed the loan signing of Lucas Piazon.

The Brazilian, who spent time at Craven Cottage on loan last season returns to the Championship side after putting pen to paper on a new contract at Chelsea.

For Fulham, the game also provides them with a chance to field some younger players and possibly a number of trialists.

Hart misses Hammers beat Fulham .
West Ham won their first match of pre-season as they beat Fulham 2-1 in Austria on Thursday. New signing Joe Hart did not feature for the Hammers, but Pablo Zabaleta came on as a second-half substitute.Manuel Lanzini gave the Premier League side the lead when he finished in the 14th minute.Darren Randolph made a sharp save to deny Sone Aluko an equaliser before Lanzini went close to a second.The Hammers did double their advantage late in the first half as Ashley Fletcher dispossessed Fulham goalkeeper David Button and tapped into an empty net.

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