Chelsea stars return to training as Maurizio Sarri prepares his men for Tottenham test

Chelsea stars return to training after international break as Maurizio Sarri prepares his men for Tottenham test

  • David Luiz keen to make an impression as Brazilian hopes to earn new contract
  • Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater also had a point to prove during training
  • Third-placed Chelsea are still unbeaten going into Spurs clash on Saturday

Sportsmail Reporter

David Luiz was keen to make an impression during training as Chelsea began their preparations for Saturday’s London derby against Tottenham.

The Brazilian defender celebrated enthusiastically after scoring in a drill at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old is keen to extend his stay at the Blues and sign a new contract after winning over boss Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea defender David Luiz was keen to make an impression during training on Wednesday

Chelsea defender David Luiz was keen to make an impression during training on Wednesday

The Brazilian defender showed he can deliver at both ends after scoring in a training drill

The Brazilian defender showed he can deliver at both ends after scoring in a training drill

‘It’s not even only about the physical aspect but also about the mental one,’ Sarri told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

‘David Luiz [has] surprised me by his availability and cleverness.’

Luiz will be free to discuss a free transfer to another club from January onwards but talks over a new deal to stay in west London are expected to begin soon.

Midfielder Ross Barkley was keen to impress after helping England beat Croatia at Wembley

Midfielder Ross Barkley was keen to impress after helping England beat Croatia at Wembley

Maurizio Sarri's men are still unbeaten going into Saturday's clash against Tottenham

Maurizio Sarri’s men are still unbeaten going into Saturday’s clash against Tottenham

Chelsea’s policy is to only offer one-year deals to players over the age of 30, meaning Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero are all currently in the same boat as Luiz.

Ross Barkley was also keen to impress after helping England beat Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.  

Danny Drinkwater also had a point to prove after Sportsmail revealed the £35million midfielder had become a virtual outcast as Sarri had made it clear he does not fit into his tactical system.

Danny Drinkwater took part in training even though he does not fit into Sarri's tactical system

Danny Drinkwater took part in training even though he does not fit into Sarri’s tactical system


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