LONDON (AFP) - English giants Chelsea will headline next year's Asia Trophy tournament in Hong Kong alongside Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Blackburn, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
The English Premier League-sanctioned pre-season tournament will also feature the Hong Kong First Division League champions in four-way knockout event, a statement said.
Semi-finals will take place at the Hong Kong Stadium on July 27 with the final and third place matches on Saturday July 30.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said the fixtures will be key components of the Blues pre-season plans. Chelsea are also due to play fixtures in Malaysia and Thailand during their Asian tour.