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Thomas Tuchel confirms talks have started with Chelsea owners over new contract

It’s the latest example of the opinion of new Boehly-Clearlake owners backing their manager in the transfer market, splashing out over £170m with more signings to come.

Tuchel signed a final extension shortly after winning the Champions League final in July 2021 and he could now extend his contract beyond 2024.

“There are talks,” Tuchel told reporters at the Cobham training center. “But I think given the situation where we come from and where we are in the middle of the transfer window, I think it’s best if I focus on my team and on the sport and on being competitive. .

“My people talk to the owners and take care of everything else. You know how happy I am to be here and how much I like it. So that’s a good thing. »

Meanwhile, Tuchel was sent off and charged by the FA over the past week following unsavory scenes with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte at the final whistle.

Tuchel laughed off any feud with Conte, after refusing to let go of his hand after the final whistle in Sunday’s 2-2 draw, focusing his rage on the officials who he believes cost his side victory.

The Chelsea boss was handed a one-match sideline ban and a £35,000 fine, although these have been temporarily suspended.

“It’s a bit harder to accept given the context than two minutes before someone from our team gets pulled by the hair,” Tuchel said, speaking before the FA confirmed the ban. and the fine.

“If we had both pulled our hair out, maybe we would have got away with it. For a handshake suddenly it’s a red card, it was after the game and it was more passion than another thing but I accepted the accusation.

“I hope, like Antonio, that I can be on the sidelines, let’s see what happens. In general, we are not used to being involved in arguments. Together we have played three or four times against each other we had no problems before and it just warmed up with the equaliser, 1-1, so the last 20 minutes were a bit emotional between the benches which is sometimes maybe to be as normal and acceptable in a derby like this.

“But I will be prepared of course. If I understand correctly, there’s a good chance that I can travel with the team, go to the locker room, be there at halftime, so I’m not always sure everyone can hear me on the line sideline, so maybe the impact isn’t bad.”


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