Date: 9th August 2023 at 12:10pm
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The Mauricio Pochettino era at Stamford Bridge will officially begin on Sunday as Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Argentine was appointed as Blues boss earlier this summer, acting as the permanent successor to Graham Potter who was sacked towards the end of last season and replaced by interim manager Frank Lampard.

Last term Chelsea endured a dismal campaign and finished 12th in the Premier League table, the club’s lowest finish in more than three decades.

Pochettino will be hoping to turn his side’s fortunes around this season, although his first starting 11 will likely look very different to the one that lined up for their final game of last season.

Several stars have already left Stamford Bridge so far this summer, but it appears that one of their most promising young players will be staying put.

According to Football Insider, Chelsea have opened talks with Ian Maatsen over a new contract.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Burnley and was named in the team of the season as the Clarets cruised to the second tier title.

Maatsen impressed on loan at Turf Moor last season

He has since returned to his parent club and, after impressing during pre-season, the Dutchman is in line for a new deal.

The report claims that the Blues are keen to tie the player down to long-term deal as his current contract is due to expire next summer, although it is also suggested that he could still be loaned out in the final weeks of the transfer window.

Pochettino is said to have made a u-turn on his stance on Maatsen, with the former Tottenham Hotspur boss keen to keep the youngster in the squad after his impressive pre-season form.

Maatsen’s versatility will undoubtedly appeal to Pochettino, with the academy graduate able to play in a number of different positions including his natural left-back, central midfield and on either flank.

Last term the player made 42 appearances for Burnley, and the report claims that the recently-promoted side have had an offer for Maatsen worth £15 million rejected this summer.

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