Thomas Tuchel has plenty of pressing matters at Chelsea, but one that is not so obvious is to reportedly convince N’Golo Kante that his future remains at Stamford Bridge.
While getting the Blues expensive summer recruits Kai Havertz and Timo Werner firing will be one of his immediate jobs, Kante’s future will also be top of his list, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Tuchel was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor on Tuesday night, signing an 18-month contract, with the option for a further year.
The German coach took his first Chelsea training session on Tuesday and he will not duck Wednesday’s date with Wolves; the 47-year-old will be at the helm.
And once that important game is out of the way Tuchel will start the process of looking closely at his squad.
Kante is expected to become a key player for Tuchel after the midfielder was linked with a move to PSG last summer.
The 29-year-old delayed his return to training following the coronavirus restart last summer and there were suggestions his time in west London was up.
Lampard dealt with the situation admirably, allowing the player to return in his own time. But he was deprived of the player’s services recently due to a hamstring injury.
His absence has been noticeable and Tuchel is expected to get the combative star into his side as soon as he can.
However, per the source, there are fears that Kante has become “unsettled”. Tuchel will be his fourth manager at the Bridge and while he is not understood to have made noises about leaving, there is concern.
The report claims “power battles have broken out” in recent weeks amongst Chelsea’s large squad. Just who the paper is referring to is unclear, but the article claims “Kante has stayed out of any political battles”.
Senior players are believed to have been vocal in what has been going wrong after five defeats in seven Premier League games. And the former PSG coach will have to address that and “show him (Kante) and others that the atmosphere and environment under him will improve”.
The report says Tuchel’s target will be to challenge for a top-four place and progress in the FA Cup and Champions League, before becoming Premier League title challengers next term.
“I would like to thank Chelsea for their confidence in me and my staff,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official club website.
“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.
“At the same time I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football.
“I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”