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Gallery: West Ham United train in China for the first time

Declan Rice takes to the pitch at a stadium built for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics
Declan Rice takes to the pitch at a stadium built for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics
Pablo Zabaleta and Andriy Yarmolenko were none the worse for the long journey to China
Pablo Zabaleta and Andriy Yarmolenko were none the worse for the long journey to China
Experienced pair Noble and Zabaleta have both played in China previously
Experienced pair Noble and Zabaleta have both played in China previously
Jack Wilshere is hoping to repeat his Asia Trophy success of 2014
Jack Wilshere is hoping to repeat his Asia Trophy success of 2014
Ben Johnson and Michail Antonio take to the field
Ben Johnson and Michail Antonio take to the field
Robert Snodgrass was in his usually positive frame of mind
Robert Snodgrass was in his usually positive frame of mind
Manuel Pellegrini gathered his players together for a chat before the session began
Manuel Pellegrini gathered his players together for a chat before the session began
Assistant fitness coach Felix Cao leads the players in a warm-up lap of the pitch
Assistant fitness coach Felix Cao leads the players in a warm-up lap of the pitch
Carlos Sanchez enjoys a lighter moment during a game of rondo
Carlos Sanchez enjoys a lighter moment during a game of rondo
The session was held at Nanjing Olympic Sports Park
The session was held at Nanjing Olympic Sports Park
The Hammers will take on Manchester City in their semi-final on Wednesday evening
The Hammers will take on Manchester City in their semi-final on Wednesday evening
West Ham TV cameras were focused on the players during a 90-minute session
West Ham TV cameras were focused on the players during a 90-minute session
With sunset at just after 7pm, the floodlights were turned on midway through the sesssion
With sunset at just after 7pm, the floodlights were turned on midway through the sesssion
Mark Noble chats to second assistant coach Enzo Maresca at the end of training
Mark Noble chats to second assistant coach Enzo Maresca at the end of training
Declan Rice takes to the pitch at a stadium built for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics 1
Pablo Zabaleta and Andriy Yarmolenko were none the worse for the long journey to China 2
Experienced pair Noble and Zabaleta have both played in China previously 3
Jack Wilshere is hoping to repeat his Asia Trophy success of 2014 4
Ben Johnson and Michail Antonio take to the field 5
Robert Snodgrass was in his usually positive frame of mind 6
Manuel Pellegrini gathered his players together for a chat before the session began 7
Assistant fitness coach Felix Cao leads the players in a warm-up lap of the pitch 8
Carlos Sanchez enjoys a lighter moment during a game of rondo 9
The session was held at Nanjing Olympic Sports Park 10
The Hammers will take on Manchester City in their semi-final on Wednesday evening 11
West Ham TV cameras were focused on the players during a 90-minute session 12
With sunset at just after 7pm, the floodlights were turned on midway through the sesssion 13
Mark Noble chats to second assistant coach Enzo Maresca at the end of training 14

 

Manuel Pellegrini wasted no time putting his players through their paces in China, holding his first training session just a few short hours after West Ham United had touched down in Nanjing for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

With a semi-final with Manchester City - who will not arrive in the ancient capital until Monday - to look forward to on Wednesday, the Hammers spent 90 minutes working in the early evening at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Park in the city's Pukou District.

With the daytime temperatures and humidity dropping, the setting was perfect for a session that included a warm-up and a succession of technical drills involving the ball. The Irons will be back in Pukou for a more intensive session on Monday morning - and we will be there too!

 

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