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


Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea cannot prevent plans to sell Roman Abramovich affecting the club’s negotiations with out-of-contract stars.

Toni Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen have yet to finalize their plans for next season, with the three senior defenders’ contracts expiring at the end of the season.

German defender Rudiger was understood to be closing in on a potential new contract deal with the Blues, while Azpilicueta and Christensen have been the subject of intense Barcelona patronage.

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

The three respected and trusted operators have great options away from Stamford Bridge, however, with Real Madrid and Paris St Germain having expressed long-term interest in Rudiger.

Abramovich’s 19-year ownership of Chelsea is set to come to an end, after the 55-year-old confirmed the club was up for sale on Wednesday night.

And manager Tuchel has conceded that the imminent change of ownership will affect ongoing negotiations with this out-of-contract trio.

“Maybe the end result is that we can’t help it; it is what it is,” Tuchel said.

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

“We can’t predict and I would like not to predict, not to start predicting all the scenarios, because we just lose focus on them.

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

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Andreas Christensen, pictured, is yet to resolve his future with his Chelsea contract expiring this summer (Adam Davy/PA)

Chelsea’s long-term strategies will naturally be subject to review pending the new owner’s vision.

But Tuchel insisted Abramovich’s decisions to sell the Blues have yet to affect plans for this summer’s transfer window.

Director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Petr Cech will continue in their usual roles during the sales process.

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

“Actually, to be very honest, there are no talks at the moment for the summer,” Tuchel said.

“We are not going to continue, neither with Marina nor with Petr, it’s just a bit too early.

“There are always ideas and reflections on the subject. But the main focus of the last few weeks, even without all the noise, was on the various competitions of the last few weeks.

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

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

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

“So no worries in this particular case about summer, because there’s still a long way to go before summer.”

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

Tuchel admitted the scale of Abramovich’s sale had the power to distract his players, but insisted everyone in Chelsea’s setup knew how to stay focused.

“It can affect, it shouldn’t be said that it has no effect,” Tuchel said.

“But I think we have to be careful not to give a vision of a general impact already because we have 80 people in the building, 80 different life situations and 80 different characters, and they will handle the situation differently.

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

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

“Let’s see what will happen, how the situation evolves and continues. But right now, I’m confident that we can be competitive tomorrow.

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