These are crazy days for Chelsea’s rising star

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Chelsea's Asia tour has seen the club’s Far East fans turn out in their tens of thousands to salute their heroes, and youngster Josh McEachran, on his first tour with the club, has been overwhelmed by the level of support.

Following their friendly victory over Portsmouth, Chelsea have travelled to participate in the Asia Trophy, a min i-competition they won back in 2004, alongside Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers.

And the young midfielder is taken aback by the amount of support for the Blues, thousands of miles from their west London base.

"It's good, it's my first time in Asia and it was really memorable when we first stepped off the coach, I couldn't believe it with all the fans greeting us at the hotel, it was a great experience," he said.

"My longest flight before this was seven or eight hours to America on youth team trips. We went on quite a few of those, and to Holland and Portugal and around Europe too, but this is the biggest trip by far.


"I didn't think it would be so crazy, with fans everywhere and watching training. It surprises me that Chelsea is so big out here."

McEachran was last week rewarded, following his 17 appearances for Chelsea last season, with a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge. And the England Under 21 international says he can't believe how quickly his career has progressed.

"I still find myself standing back and watching in training, I like to watch people in my position a lot, and see how JT behaves because he is the captain," he added. "Lampard and Essien, although he isn't here, are great role models to see how they behave on the pitch.

"Training out here has been hard because of the heat and it's hard to get used to, you really feel the difference from home but with Andre Villas-Boas coming in it has been with a lot of ball work and high intensity, which is hard but always very enjoyable."

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