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Chelsea will be thrillers under new boss Sarri, insists Barkley

By Staff Reporter

Chelsea should prepare themselves for a "very exciting" season under new boss Maurizio Sarri, according to midfielder Ross Barkley.

The Blues have just returned from a pre-season trip to Australia, where the Italian took charge of his first match, a 1-0 friendly win over Perth Glory, which included a run-out for £52m summer signing Jorginho.

Sarri has plenty on his agenda with the FA Cup holders facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on at Wembley on August 5.

The Italian, who replaced the sacked Antonio Conte on July 14, remains determined to keep hold of key men Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, as well as Brazilian midfielder Willian.

The squad are preparing for a friendly against Inter Milan in Nice on Saturday, before a date with Arsenal in Dublin next Wednesday.

Midfielder Barkley said: "The style that he wants us to play, it is really exciting and very attacking, as well as being very organised."

Meanwhile, former England goalkeeper Robert Green is on the verge of completing his shock move to the Blues from Huddersfield Town.

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