Chelsea vs Villareal: Tammy Abraham a surprise inclusion in squad amid links to Arsenal, Roma
- Tuchel played down reports linking Tamy Abraham with a move away from Chelsea
- Abraham has been devoid of playing time since the arrival of Timo Werner
- He has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side AS Roma
- However, with 2 days to the close of the transfer window in England, Abraham has been included in Chelsea’s squad to face Villareal in the UEFA Super Cup
Striker Tammy Abraham is in Chelsea’s squad for the UEFA Super cup despite numerous rumors linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, the Champions League winners last season, face Europa League winners Villareal on Wednesday, August 11 and boss Thomas Tuchel remained coy about Tammy Abraham’s situation amid the impending arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku is on the verge of being named a Chelsea player for the second time in his career after the Blues agreed a massive deal with Inter Milan.
If all goes as planned, Lukaku will be eligible to face Crystal Palace in Chelsea’s opener om Saturday, August 16.
Before that, however, Tuchel will have chance to scoop his side’s first piece of silverware available on Wednesday.
Ahead of the game, the gaffer confirmed Tammy’s inclusion, saying:
"Tammy is in the squad. He did some good preparation matches, clearly not happy with the last half of the year and has reason. Maybe it was also my fault not to push him and trust him on the level as other players - and he wants minutes.”
“Like with players coming in as well, I will not comment on actual situations of players going out," he went on.
Abraham fell down the pecking order at Chelsea last season, despite initially being on the rise under Frank Lampard in 2019.
The arrival of Tuchel did not help matters as the German preferred Timo Werner upfront despite the fact that the former Leipzig man was struggling with his finishing.
In the Premier League last season, Tammy only made 22 appearances, starting on 12 occasions.
"I am happy if we have the same group again and start the new season with the same group, I will be happy," Tuchel added as quoted by BBC.
Emery looking for first success in Super Cup
Despite winning the Europa League three times as manager of Sevilla, Unai Emery has somehow never lifted the Super Cup.
Wednesday will provide another opportunity for the former Arsenal and PSG boss to attempt to clinch the elusive cup.
Lukaku to become the costliest football player in the world
Meanwhile, Lukaku signing for Chelsea is set to make him the most expensive football player in the world after factoring in the transfer fees he cost other clubs in the past.
The total transfer fee of the 28-year-old forward would have amounted to £293.5 million as compared to Neymar's £246.6 in total.
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