Chelsea are set to reward Thomas Tuchel with a new Blues contract with a top four place within touching distance for the German coach.
Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January. And the former PSG coach has made a dream start to his tenure as Chelsea boss, leading the club into the FA Cup final and on the verge of the Champions League final. They also have risen from 10th place to fourth in Tuchel’s tenure, with just four games remaining.
Those achievements have been recognised at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel is said to be “very close” to extending his contract.
Sky Italy reporter Angelo Mangiante claims Tuchel is ready to put pen-to-paper to an extension to his contract, which only runs until the summer of 2022.
Tuchel, 47, was only handed an 18-month deal after Lampard was axed.
“The point is that I had these concerns [about the length of my contract] and after five, maybe 15 minutes, I said to myself that it changes nothing how many years this contract is,” Tuchel said last month.
“I demand from myself to deliver, to have an impact and to be the best I can. So this will not change in the future. If I deserve to stay, I am super happy to stay and I will try to stay as long as possible. I feel like a part of the Chelsea family.
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) May 4, 2021
“The club feels super professional here, we have unbelievable quality of support, amount of support and we have a team which it is a pleasure to be at the side-line of and to fight with this team, so honestly, I don’t care what it says in my contract. I need to deserve to stay longer.
“If I deserve to stay longer, I will stay longer, no matter what it says. This is what I demand from myself and I feel free at the moment also and I feel good. I am at the right place at the right moment. Everything else will fall into its place when it is there. If I want to stay longer, I deliver week after week.”
Meanwhile, Jules Kounde has responded to transfer speculation after Chelsea emerged as a serious contender to sign the centre-back over the weekend.
Kounde on Chelsea radar
Last month, according to La Colina De Nervion, Chelsea entered the battle for Kounde. The Sevilla centre-back was understood to be one of Manchester United’s top defensive targets. Since then Eric Bailly has signed a new contract. As such, there have been suggestions that United are prioritising their attacking options instead.
Over the weekend La Razon also claimed Chelsea were keen on Kounde.
The Blues are looking for a long-term successor to Thiago Silva. The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the season. However, he has impressed and may earn a one-year extension.
In fact La Razon claim Tuchel’s men are “very interested” in signing the centre-back.
Kounde has a €90m release clause and his LaLiga club are aware no suitor will be meeting that price in the next market.
Sevilla however are willing to allow the Frenchman’s summer sale if there’s an offer of around €70m.
“It’s hard, I have a lot of ambition and good… I have to measure what’s best for me, there’s still a few months left and we’ll see what happens.
“I feel good also here. Staying in Seville will not be a bad choice either,” he told Mucho Deporte via Sport Witness.