Chelsea’s preparations for the 2010/11 season are starting to become clearer.
The Blues will begin their preseason with a friendly against fellow Londoners Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, July 17.
After that it is on to mainland Europe for a match against Eredivisie runners-up Ajax on Friday, July 23.
This is followed by a clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, August 1 and then German side Hamburg on Wednesday, August 4.
Although an official date has not yet been announced, it is relatively safe to assume that the Community Shield game against Manchester United—the traditional curtain raiser to the English season—will be on Sunday August 8, a week before the Premier League season begins.
A date to mark in your diaries is 9 am on Thursday June 17.
This is the day that the fixtures for the 2010/11 Premier League season are released.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti and his players will then know the path they will have to tread as they seek to retain the trophy they won last season.
With regards to potential comings and goings at Stamford Bridge, all is quiet at the moment.
This is in a large part due to the World Cup in South Africa, which starts this Friday and finishes on July 11.
The word is that two or three signings are to be expected, with a similar number heading the other way.
Who is staying and going is conjecture at the moment, and this is likely to remain the case until after the World Cup.