THOMAS TUCHEL has confirmed that he is in contract extension talks with Chelsea.
The German coach’s current contract expires in 2024, but Chelsea’s new owners want to keep him in west London indefinitely.
Tuchel signed an 18-month contract to take over as manager in January 2021, succeeding Frank Lampard.
After leading the Blues to the Champions League title in 2022, the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund manager signed an extension.
Tuchel’s tenure has impressed new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, and Chelsea’s new owners want to keep the 48-year-old at the helm.
When asked about his contract, Tuchel stated, “There are talks.” But, given where we come from and where we are in the middle of the transfer period, I believe it is best if I focus on my team, sports, and being competitive.
“My people communicate with the owners and handle everything else.”
“You already know how happy I am to be here and how much I enjoy it. As a result, it’s a good thing.”
Tuchel will coach Chelsea against Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday, despite receiving FA punishments for his clash with Tottenham coach Antonio Conte during last weekend’s derby.
The Blues manager received a one-game touchline ban, which has been suspended pending the independent disciplinary commission’s written decision.
Tuchel was fined £35,000 and Conte was fined £15,000 for their improper conduct after the two coaches were sent off at full-time after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.