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£12m player Chelsea signed in the summer is now training with Potter’s squad after being out on loan



Gabriel Slonina has now reportedly fully reported for Chelsea duty following his loan spell with Chicago Fire.

According to the Evening Standard, the young goalkeeper landed at Cobham and began training with Graham Potter’s senior squad for the first time.

Slonina only recently touched down at the club’s facilities, despite being signed from Chicago Fire for £12m in the summer.

Chelsea loaned the ‘keeper straight back to the MLS side for the rest of their respective season.

SOCCER: AUG 31 MLS - Chicago Fire at New England Revolution
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With the American top-flight concluded until February, Todd Boehly and his team decided to recall their new recruit.

What is next for Gabriel Slonina at Chelsea?

The plan was always to embed Slonina into the Premier League side’s project at the start of 2023.

That strategy has evidently been pushed forward, as Boehly continues to build for the future.

He might even be creating a path for the present as well.

There have been strong rumours linking Edouard Mendy with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Mendy has apparently not impressed Boehly or Potter enough to ensure his status as a Chelsea player.

Numerous goalies have cropped up in conversation as possible replacements for the Senegal international.

Chelsea Training Session And Press Conference
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Jordan Pickford, Emi Martinez and Dominik Livakovic are just a few of the shot-stoppers potentially being lined up.

However, Boehly could save his pennies and ask Potter to throw Slonina into the first-team and possibly take over from Mendy.

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