Thomas Tuchel has extended his contract as Chelsea head coach until 2024 following their success in the Champions League.
Tuchel has made a positive impression since taking over from Frank Lampard in January. His first half-a-season in charge culminated with winning the Champions League after beating Manchester City in the final. Now, he has been rewarded with a contract extension.
His initial deal only lasted for 18 months. But he has now been given more security with a two-year extension to those terms.
Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website: “I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal.
“I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.
“There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”
The German tactician, who has already outwitted some of the game’s best coaches, will now be eyeing greater success in the Premier League in the following seasons.
He steered them up the table to a fourth-placed finish, an improvement of five places compared to when he took over, in 2020-21. But Chelsea had previously been expected to mount a better title challenge under Lampard, so Tuchel will be aiming to oversee further progress.
Granovskaia praises Tuchel
That’s exactly what Blues director Marina Granovskaia is hoping for. She added: “When Thomas joined us in January there was still so much to play for domestically and in Europe.
“He slotted in seamlessly and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family.
“Returning us to the top four in the Premier League was crucial, and we could not be happier with our success in the Champions League which crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea.
“We are obviously extremely pleased therefore to retain Thomas for a further two years, and look forward to more achievements in the coming seasons.”