Chelsea ‘can’t help’ sale plans affecting contract talks – Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea cannot stop Roman Abramovich’s sales plans which are affecting the club’s negotiations with unsigned stars.

oni Ruediger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are yet to finalize their plans for next season as the contracts of all three top-flight defenders expire at the end of the season.

German defender Rüdiger was understood to be moving closer to a potential new contract deal with the Blues, while Azpilicueta and Christensen have been heavily courted by Barcelona.


Thomas Tuchel, pictured, has accepted that Chelsea’s change of ownership could affect squad affairs (Kieran Cleeves / PA)

All three well-respected and reliable operators have big options away from Stamford Bridge, however, as Real Madrid and Paris St Germain have shown long-term interest in Rudiger.

Abramovich’s 19-year tenure at Chelsea is nearing an end after the 55-year-old confirmed on Wednesday night that the club was up for sale.

And manager Tuchel has conceded that the forthcoming change of ownership will have implications for ongoing negotiations with this contractless trio.

“Maybe the end result is that it’s not our fault; it is what it is,” said Tuchel.

“And you never know, maybe there will be a positive effect on the negotiation, maybe there will be a negative effect.

“We can’t predict, and I don’t want to predict, not start predicting all the scenarios because we just lose focus on that.

“But of course everyone has a different situation, everyone feels it differently.”


Pictured Andreas Christensen has yet to finalize his future as his contract with Chelsea expires this summer (Adam Davy/PA)

Chelsea’s long-term strategies will of course be reviewed pending the new owner’s vision.

But Tuchel insisted Abramovich’s moves to sell the Blues have not yet affected plans for this summer’s transfer window.

Director Marina Granovskaia and Technical Director Petr Cech will continue their functions as usual while the sale process is being carried out.

And Tuchel insisted that no ground had been lost, at least so far.

“To be completely honest, there are no talks for the summer at the moment,” said Tuchel.

“We’re not going on, not with Marina, not with Petr, it’s just a bit too early.

“There are always ideas and reflections on the topic. But the main focus over the past few weeks, even without all the noise, has been the various competitions over the past few weeks.

“To be as successful as possible and to get the best out of our team.

“Where we had something to do, we still have to do something to constantly improve.

“But we’re in a good position at the moment, I can feel the team growing again and getting better and better.

“So don’t worry in this particular case in summer, because summer is a long way away.”

Chelsea travel to Burnley on Saturday for their first Premier League game since a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on February 19.

Tuchel admitted the sheer scale of Abramovich’s sale has the power to distract his players but insisted everyone in the Chelsea line-up knows how to keep focus.

“It can have an impact, we shouldn’t say it has no impact,” said Tuchel.

“But I think we should be careful about giving an overall impact preview right now because we have 80 people in the building, 80 different life situations and 80 different characters, and they’re going to deal with the situation differently.

“And I think that here in Cobham we also have a chance to react to the situation in the way we want and still have a positive impact on everyone in the end, that it’s okay to focus on the sport and that we’ve proven it twice in the last two games.

“So right now there aren’t too many reasons why we shouldn’t do it a third time, then a fourth time and a fifth time.

“Let’s see what will happen, how the situation develops and continues. But at the moment I am confident that we will be competitive tomorrow.” Chelsea ‘can’t help’ sale plans affecting contract talks – Thomas Tuchel

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