Tuchel confirms Rudiger set to leave Chelsea
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Chelsea’s players are growing concerned over the possibility of Thomas Tuchel walking away from Stamford Bridge in the not-too-distant future, according to reports. The German manager took charge of the Blues in January of last year and won the Champions League after just a few months at the helm but he has recently been tipped to leave west London as a result of the club’s desperate financial situation.
Chelsea’s ability to sign new players and tie down their existing stars has been hampered by the restrictions currently in place after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government last month. The situation played a role in Antonio Rudiger’s recent decision to leave Chelsea at the end of the season and the club’s players are now worried that Tuchel may follow suit over the coming months, according to The Times.
Tuchel has been powerless to stop Rudiger from running down his contract at Chelsea over the last few months, while the future of Andreas Christensen is also up in the air due to his own deal being set to expire at the end of the campaign. The Blues manager is also unable to source any replacements until the ongoing takeover is completed, which could potentially leave the club in a less-than-ideal situation at the start of next season.
It remains to be seen whether Tuchel will eventually decide to seek a new challenge away from Chelsea if the club’s off-field problems are not resolved for the foreseeable future. He signed an initial 18-month deal to replace Frank Lampard as manager at the start of last year before penning a two-year extension after the club’s recent Champions League triumph last June.
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Tuchel cut a frustrated figure on the touchline during Chelsea’s narrow win over West Ham earlier this month and has been known to snap at reporters when faced with questions about the club’s financial situation as of late. He claimed that he would not be looking to leave Chelsea when quizzed on his Stamford Bridge future back in March by insisting that he enjoys the Premier League and feels settled in west London.
“I said many times that I love working in the Premier League, I love to be in England and feel the tradition and the love for sports in general and football in particular, it’s an amazing place to be,” Tuchel told reporters at a press conference.
“Chelsea is, for me, the perfect fit. I love to be here, I love everything about the club and hopefully it continues. There is uncertainty, but isn’t there always for a football manager?
“I’m used to it on different levels. This is quite the level, I have to be honest, but I am positive and hope things will end well.
“Still I hope for the best outcome, still I think we have something to offer, still I think Chelsea is a strong club and will stay a strong club. Our owner decided to sell the club and he sells a strong, solid and very well-organised club on the highest level.”
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