With their holidays over, African stars have returned for pre-season with their respective clubs in England.
Chelsea duo Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy are back with the European champions after a well-deserved break.
Both players were part of the Blues’ 28-man squad at Surrey training base on Monday.
They joined the likes of Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Marcos Alonso and Tino Anjorin who all reported for camp last week Friday.
Some of the loanees who were also present include Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Conor Gallagher, Ivory Coast prospect Marc Guehi, former England youth international of Sierra Leonean background Trevoh Chalobah as well as Armando Broja.
Ex France youth international of Senegalese descent, Malang Sarr returns to Stamford Bridge after an impressive showing with Ligue 1 outfit Nice in the 2020/21 campaign.
On the other side of the country, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita were all present as Liverpool kicked-off their pre-season.
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has returned to Anfield after a successful loan spell at German Bundesliga side, Union Berlin.
Brighton and Hove Albion stars Yves Bissouma and new signing Enock Mwepu have also began preparations ahead of a crucial 2021/22 campaign with the Seagulls.
South African attacker Percy Tau is also expected to join the team for his first pre-season with Graham Potter’s side after returning from his loan at RSC Anderlecht in January, while Mwepu is with his teammates for the first time since signing from Red Bull Salzburg.
At St Mary’s, Moussa Djenepo is part of the first group of players to report for camp as he looks forward to a season where he is expected to produce fireworks for the Saints.
Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey have all reported for camp at the King Power Stadium.
Daka will be eager to maintain full fitness ahead of a very crucial debut season in the English top-flight.
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By FARPost reporter