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Thomas Tuchel begins to see light at the end of the tunnel in Chelsea takeover saga

Kepa Arrizabalaga future - Thomas Tuchel - seen here during Chelsea's FA Cup match against Sheffield United - says talks are needed

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed his confidence that the Premier League club’s sale will now be completed quickly.

Tuchel revealed he was informed last week that Todd Boehly’s consortium had been handed preferred bidder status by Raine Group, the New York bank overseeing Chelsea’s sale.

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Boehly’s bid has beaten Sir Martin Broughton and Steve Pagliuca to preferred bidder status in Chelsea’s sale, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s last-minute bid now also expected to prove unsuccessful.

Boehly’s bid is expected to be put forward to the Premier League to undergo owners and directors tests, with the UK Government required to grant the eventual sale by issuing a new licence.

And now Chelsea boss Tuchel has revealed he has been told that a preferred bidder has been selected.

“I’ve been told last week that we have a preferred bidder and things are going forward,” said Tuchel.

“It’s a pretty important week for the club, but I was fully focused on the pitch. But after what I heard last week, I’m confident.

“Clearance is always the best, because when the situation is clear you can take actions, make judgements, take actions.

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“Otherwise you’re in a passive role, and this is what we are right now.

“We tried to make it the smallest issue possible, but of course it is always there.

“We prefer to have it in a clear and forward-thinking situation.

“This is what we’re hoping for, we know what we deal with. This is what the circumstances are in improving the team, and that we can act, rather than react, or even worse, do nothing.”

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