Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has suggested that striker Daniel Sturridge will be a regular starter for the Blues in the coming campaign.

"He is part of the squad, of the team, and still has a lot to give," Di Matteo told the club's official website.

"He still has a lot to learn as well but we are hopeful he can develop even more and become a great player for us.

"He did very well to recover from his illness in a short period of time. He is a very exciting player and it's great for him to be involved in the England squad.

"He has the ability to play in more than one position. He made it quite public he likes to play as a number nine but there is competition, which is good, and we will see as the season starts who is going to play."

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