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Chelsea’s starting centre-back pair for 2023/24 season revealed

An insight into how Chelsea will line up this season has been revealed.


Chelsea are undergoing a major transformation this summer, which will see their starting XI on the opening weekend look much different to their team from the final day of 2022/23.

At the back, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kalidou Koulibaly have left the club, whilst Wesley Fofana has suffered a long-term injury.

In response, Chelsea have signed Axel Disasi to compete with Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile as well as handing Levi Colwill a new contract.

Now, Ben Jacobs has revealed who will be the Blues’ starting centre-back duo in the forthcoming season.

Discussing Chelsea’s defensive options and plans for Disasi, Jacobs said: “Chelsea have had a really busy few days. Levi Colwill has an agreement in principle on a new six-year contract. At the time of writing, it is not signed, but if all goes to plan Colwill will commit until at least 2029 and earn around £100k per week.

“This also ends Brighton’s chances of trying to include Colwill as part of any Moises Caicedo talks. Chelsea have always been adamant Colwill is not for sale, though, and they continue to pursue Caicedo in a straight-cash deal. It’s not true they have walked away.

“Chelsea have also signed Axel Disasi from Monaco for €45m. Disasi is effectively cover for the injured Wesley Fofana, although with that price tag he’ll be hoping to challenge Fofana when fit rather than only deputise for him.

“The signing also makes sense because Thiago Silva is heading into the final year of his Chelsea deal. Disasi will obviously get a chance to impress whilst Fofana is sidelined even if Silva-Colwill are the expected starting centre-backs this season when fit.”

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