Broja rubs shoulders with Brad Pitt after leaving Chelsea’s tour amid exit talk

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Armando Broja rubbed shoulders with Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt and various other celebrities on the red carpet after jetting home from Chelsea's pre-season tour.

The Albanian striker was tipped to challenge for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge this term after an impressive stint on loan at Southampton last season, where he bagged nine goals in all competitions.

But the 20-year-old is being courted by a host of Premier League clubs – and Broja appears to have decided his long-term future lies away from Chelsea. After linking up late with the Blues squad on their pre-season tour of the United States, Broja has returned to London and is now edging closer to a permanent exit from the club.

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Broja was snapped on the red carpet in London in midweek, as Pitt's new film, Bullet Train, received it's UK premiere. And the Blues youngster was in good company, with a host of other stars also present at the lavish bash.

One of the famous faces in attendance was West Ham striker Michail Antonio – who could be lining up alongside Broja this season if the Hammers can wrap up negotiations over a deal for the in-demand striker.

West Ham have been locked in talks with their London rivals over a deal for weeks. The Hammers lodged an initial £25million bid last week, and there is now growing confidence between all parties that a deal will be struck imminently after David Moyes' side tabled an improved bid worth £30m before add-ons.

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Thomas Tuchel was set to run the rule over Broja in pre-season before making a decision on his future. And the Blues boss appeared to be adamant earlier this week that the talented youngster wasn't going anywhere.

The Chelsea chief said: "I don't expect him to leave. I'm aware of the offers and aware of the interest. We will make a decision together, the owner and me and the player. When he arrived it was clear he is trying to impress and become a Chelsea player.

"After his Southampton loan it's clear he wants to make the next step. Unfortunately he got injured and there is now a lot of interest in him. Let's see how that goes. He has a contract here."

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