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Gabriel Slonina to coach with Chelsea this week; long-term future nonetheless undecided

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Chelsea goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina is about to depart for London this week for a brief coaching stint together with his new membership, 90min understands.

The 18-year-old has loved a meteoric rise over the previous 12 months, turning into the Chicago Fireplace‘s primary and making a string of spectacular shows regardless of his tender years – drawing comparisons to the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.

Throughout the 2022 MLS season, the place he remained on mortgage with the Fireplace even following his $10m transfer to Chelsea, Slonina stored 12 clear sheets, with solely NYCFC’s Sean Johnson (14) and Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake (15) preserving extra.

Slonina’s mortgage is about to run out in January however earlier than then, he’ll depart for Chelsea‘s Cobham facility for a 10-15-day coaching stint, the place he’ll start to get to know his new teammates. Slonina will then return to the US for a USMNT coaching camp designed to maintain domestic-based gamers match and prepared for the Stars and Stripes’ World Cup marketing campaign.

Slonina faces a battle towards the likes of Matt Turner, Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath, and Sean Johnson to make Gregg Berhalter’s World Cup roster. {The teenager} was not noted of the group for a latest pleasant double-header towards Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Slonina’s long-term future past December stays up within the air.

At current, he is because of formally be a part of up with Chelsea in January, as soon as his mortgage with the Fireplace ends. Nonetheless, there’s a probability he may return to Soldier Discipline as soon as once more for 2023, with sources telling 90min the Chicago Fireplace have left the ball firmly in Chelsea’s court docket in relation to one other mortgage with Chicago.

The Fireplace have their very own pursuits to guard, too, with fellow younger goalkeeper Chris Brady, 18, rising by way of the ranks and awaiting his personal breakthrough in MLS.

A separate supply has additionally knowledgeable 90min that a number of English Championship golf equipment are focused on taking Slonina on mortgage, whereas Chelsea are in search of potential locations throughout Europe at Europa League and Convention League ranges.

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