Thomas Tuchel has confirmed he is in talks with Chelsea about a contract extension.
The German manager’s current contract runs until 2024, but Chelsea’s new owners want to keep him in west London for the long term.
Tuchel signed an 18-month deal in January 2021 to replace Frank Lampard at the helm.
The former Paris St Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss then wrote an extension after guiding the Blues to the Champions League title in 2022.
New owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have been impressed with Tuchel’s tenure and Chelsea’s new bosses are looking to keep the 48-year-old at the Stamford Bridge tiller.
When asked about his contract situation, Tuchel said: “There are talks. But I think given the situation we’re coming from and where we’re in the middle of the transfer phase, I think the best thing I can do is focus on my team and on the sport and on being competitive.
“My people talk to the owners and take care of everything else.
“You know how glad I am to be here and how much I like it. So it’s a good thing.”
Chelsea meet Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday, with Tuchel able to take his place in the dugout despite being handed FA penalties following his clash with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte during last weekend’s derby.
The Blues boss was suspended for one game on the touchline, but that was suspended pending the written judgment of the Independent Disciplinary Committee.
Tuchel was fined £35,000 and Conte £15,000 for inappropriate conduct as the two managers were sent off after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge after full-time.
Tuchel is yet to await the outcome of an FA inquiry into his post-match comments, suggesting “it might be better” if Anthony Taylor didn’t manage Chelsea again.
However, the German has insisted he has never questioned Taylor’s integrity.
Commenting on Taylor, Tuchel said: “I think it’s more than just a feeling, there are some stats that underscore that we’re struggling to get the same results with him as a referee.
“Again, we never attacked or questioned his integrity or honor. It was about that game and I think it was in an acceptable way without being personal or out of line.
“I will accept (any decision) but maybe it would be better (for Taylor not to manage Chelsea again).
“I want to be very clear that I have not attacked his integrity. I said very, very early on that the two decisions are VAR decisions.
“I wasn’t happy with the way he was referencing the game, but that’s okay. But that’s exactly what happens. That goes to the FA and they will decide.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/thomas-tuchel-frank-lampard-antonio-conte-todd-boehly-paris-st-germain-b2148925.html Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirms talks with Blues about contract extension