Nick Candy, the man who is seemingly leading the race to take over at Chelsea after Roman Abramovich, has made his intentions on boss Thomas Tuchel perfectly clear amid links to Manchester United.
The Blues’ off-field turmoil has left the club facing an uncertain future on multiple fronts. From an on-pitch perspective, Chelsea are no longer allowed to extend their players’ contracts or complete transfers for new signings for the time being. With the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all out of contract in the summer, Chelsea’s squad could be severely weakened next season.
That’s led to speculation Chelsea’s most prized asset – Thomas Tuchel – could be a man in demand. Indeed, links with the upcoming vacancy at Old Trafford have emerged.
Further up the Chelsea hierarchy, the end of Abramovich’s reign is near.
The race to own the Blues is reportedly led by British property developer Nick Candy. He is fronting a consortium, which includes backers from South Korea and the USA, which made a £2.5billion bid to buy Chelsea.
Indeed, their offer was submitted before Friday night’s deadline. And many reports suggest Candy and Co’s bid is likely to prove the successful tender.
However, his prospective takeover has done little to dampen talk that United will launch an approach for Tuchel.
His success since joining the Blues has alerted Red Devils chiefs as they plot their own successful new era.
Man Utd links played down
The German himself has done all he can to deflect claims of a move to Old Trafford.
He insists he’s never been happier at Chelsea despite uncertainty behind the scenes.
“No reaction at all. Do you feel me less committed to the club or less involved in the club in my situation?” Tuchel said when quizzed about Manchester United.
Manchester United target Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel
Manchester United need a new manager and have not ruled out a move for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel
“I think absolutely not. I love to be here and I love to work for Chelsea.
“This club has everything it needs to make me happy and that’s why it’s no need [to speculate]. We have plenty of reasons to stay in the moment here and that’s what we’re doing.”
Nick Candy adamant that Tuchel stays at Chelsea
Now Candy is making clear his intentions that Tuchel is a big part of Chelsea’s future. Reacting to a question about the German’s links to Manchester United, Candy has a clear message on Tuchel’s future.
“Thomas Tuchel has done an incredible job at a very difficult time in the last few weeks,” he told The Sun.
“He’s spoken brilliantly, behaved brilliantly and is a true gent. It’s one thing being a great manager, it’s a different thing being a great human being.
“But he’s proven that he’s not just a great manager but a brilliant human being. He’s got the respect of the media, he’s got the respect of the players, he’s got the respect of the fans, so all credit to him.”
Despite Candy’s statement of intent over Tuchel, the entrepeneur remains close friends with Frank Lampard, the man Tuchel replaced.
And Candy previously voiced his displeasure at seeing the Blues legend removed from the Stamford Bridge hotseat.
“In business, you have to make the right decisions at the right time,” he explained. “Sometimes I may not have agreed with them myself.
“I think with Frank he went a bit too early and probably watching the Champions League being picked up at the end of the season was quite difficult for him. But he loves Chelsea, so at the same time it was probably a nice thing to see as he put some of the foundations in.”