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Chelsea youngster seemingly collapses with exhaustion during gruelling pre-season training drill

Antonio Conte has been putting his team through its paces ahead of the new Premier League season

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been preparing his side for the new Premier League season in the only way he knows how. 

With brutal training sessions in the heat and humidity of Beijing, of course.

Beats turning out for Brentford, eh boys?

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Beats turning out for Brentford, eh boys?

And it looks like it’s getting a little too much for some of his players, with a Tweet from Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson showing an exhausted Charly Musonda literally collapsed in a heap on the floor.

Poor lad.


The Chelsea youngster fell to the ground after being put through a series of sprinting drills during training.

However, following a mini-backlash, Johnson was forced to give the Tweet a little bit of context:

It seems Musonda is simply working extra hard to prove his worth to the Chelsea coaches.

That’s a relief then.

For those of you who don’t know, Musonda is one of Chelsea’s brightest young talents, having originally come through the youth ranks at his homeland club Anderlecht before landing a dream move to the Blues in 2015.

He has yet to make a single competitive appearance for the Premier League champions, but did impress during a loan spell with Real Betis last season.

Here he is with a fan 

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Here he is with a fan 

Unfortunately, a knee injury cut-short his time in Spain, and he’s since been doing all he can to regain his fitness ahead of the new season.

That explains the extra work during pre-season training then.

Chelsea got their pre-season tour of the Far East off to a flyer with a 3-0 win over rivals Arsenal at the weekend, and will face Bayern Munich and Inter Milan over the next couple of days.

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