Chelsea Football Club will break new ground this year when we visit Singapore for the first time as part of our summer tour.
Antonio Conte and the Blues squad will play two matches at the National Stadium in the Lion City as we return to Asia for our 2017/18 pre-season preparations.
We will meet Bayern Munich on Tuesday 25 July before taking on Inter Milan on Saturday 29 July – both games are a part of the International Champions Cup and follow on from our match with Arsenal at the Beijing Bird’s Nest, on 22 July.
Singapore’s 55,000-capacity National Stadium opened in 2014 and boasts stunning views of the city’s skyline as well as a retractable roof and state-of-the-art cooling technology.
Conte said: 'I am very happy we have our pre-season tour plans for next season in place. Travelling to Singapore will give us excellent facilities to play and train, and we will face strong opposition. This is all good for my team and will help us to prepare for the next season.
‘More importantly, I know Chelsea has millions of passionate fans in the region. I am looking forward to meeting them and I think we will play two exciting matches for them.’
While in Asia, we will continue our Here to Play, Here to Stay initiative, which is more than just a motto. It is the philosophy behind all of Chelsea's pre-season tours, which are about not only preparing the players for a new season, but also leaving a legacy long after the first team has departed. We help improve football at a grassroots level and work to promote health, fitness, diet, nutrition and education. Our year-round community work means Chelsea Foundation coaches are already hard at work with thousands of young people across Asia.
We last visited Asia in 2015 when we celebrated our Premier League and EFL Cup successes in Bangkok and Sydney, playing in front of a record crowd at the ANZ Stadium.
The summer tour will be the sixth time in 10 years we have visited the region.