Chelsea: Petr Cech wants Thomas Tuchel to stay but can’t offer guarantees despite sanctions


Helsea technical adviser Petr Cech says he hopes Thomas Tuchel remains Blues boss until the end of his contract, but admits uncertainty around the club means the German’s future is uncertain. is not guaranteed.

The club is in a state of turmoil after owner Roman Abramovich was hit with sanctions by the UK government earlier this week over his links to Vladimir Putin following Turkey’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia.

Chelsea have been granted a special license to continue football operations but face a financial crisis, with the terms of the license meaning ticket and merchandise sales are currently banned, while broadcast revenue is frozen.

The Blues are hoping to secure an amended license following discussions with the government, with some measures relaxed to ensure the club can operate “as normally as possible”.

Tuchel has declared his commitment to the club on several occasions since Abramovich news broke, but that hasn’t stopped speculation over his future, with reports Manchester United may be looking to take advantage of the situation then. that they are looking for a new manager this summer.

Cech, the former goalkeeper who now works as a technical and performance adviser at the club, was asked what comes next for the Champions League-winning manager ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle.

“Thomas has a contract until 2024, as things stand we were told the contracts would be assessed and that way hopefully we will have him as a coach,” he said.

“He was absolutely brilliant at every level. But that’s another thing, tomorrow the situation may change and my answer will be irrelevant.

There is also significant uncertainty over some playing staff and in particular defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

All three are out of contract at the end of the season and the current terms of Chelsea’s special license prevent the club from issuing new contracts.

“That’s something we don’t know at the moment,” Cech added when asked about the trio’s future. “That’s why the conversations continue.

“We would like to get those answers, how we can operate, what we can do with them and the team in the future. What are the limits and what are the opportunities for us, because without these answers it is difficult to plan. We go there day by day. »

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