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Fulham replace Leeds United in Premier League summer US tournament

Fulham will replace Leeds United in a Premier League summer tournament in the United States, according to The Athletic.

The Premier League summer tournament will involve six clubs. The league will announce the series later this week.

Leeds were scheduled to participate in the tournament, but it ultimately depended on their Premier League status.

They are only two points above the relegation zone with eight games left, so Fulham have now taken their place.

The tournament started as an idea to have an enhanced pre-season tournament before the regular season in the US in 2022.

However, problems related to COVID-19 prevented the tournament from happening. It will now take place this summer.

Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham and Newcastle United will play.

The summer series will take place toward the end of July 2023. The games will be staged in cities and stadiums in the US’s Eastern time zone.

Manchester United and Arsenal will also be touring the US as they prepare for the 2023/24 campaign.

United will face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and National League promotion hopefuls Wrexham.

Arsenal will face a Wayne Rooney-led Major League Soccer All-star team in Washington DC in a pre-season friendly.

Leeds have had a poor campaign. They parted with former manager Jesse Marsch before hiring Javi Gracia on January 21.

The Spaniard had guided Watford to the FA Cup final and an 11th-place in the 2018/19 season.

That was their best position in the Premier League, but the Hornets sacked him barely a month into the following season.

Gracia has won three, drawn one and lost three games since moving to Elland Road.

Their last outing was disappointing as they lost 5-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

They have eight more games to ensure their stay in the Premier League.

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