Thomas Tuchel on possibility of new Chelsea contract
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Adama Traore has reportedly emerged as a target for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel following the club’s Champions League success. Tuchel wants to build an empire at Chelsea following the club’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Porto.
Tuchel took over at Chelsea in January following the sacking of Frank Lampard.
The Blues were ninth in the Premier League table at the time but ended the campaign fourth, having qualified for the Champions League before winning the competition at the weekend.
Tuchel also led Chelsea to the FA Cup final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Leicester.
Now the German is keen to build on his start with key additions this summer.
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The Telegraph says Tuchel wants to sign a striker, a midfielder and at least one defender this summer.
One of those defenders is a right-sided player, with Wolves speedster Traore targeted as a potential wing-back option.
Traore featured in 37 league games for Wolves this season, with his contract at Molineux expiring in 2023.
Borussia Monchengladbach star Jonas Hofmann is named as a cheaper, alternative target to the Spain international.
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Up front, Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham talisman Harry Kane are the top two targets.
Meanwhile, West Ham and England ace Declan Rice is Tuchel’s top target in midfield, with Monaco’s France under-21 international Aurelien Tchouameni a cheaper option.
If Chelsea can sell Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan for around £25million and Tammy Abraham for £40m, as well as some more squad players, then Tuchel could have £200m to spend on new talent.
And the former Paris Saint-Germain boss has challenged owner Roman Abramovich.
Asked if he thinks he can build an empire at Chelsea, Tuchel said: “We have to check with the owner if this is his plan, I think it’s possible.
“It’s always possible because the foundation is very, very strong. The belief, the determination of the club, the players, the group that they built is very strong.
“We have a group with a very strong bond, a genuine belief and a fantastic work ethic, so it’s still a young, experienced squad still.
“It’s like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what is his favourite win and he says: ‘the next one.’”
Tuchel says it is also a challenge for the players to build on the Champions League win, rather than let it get to their heads.
He continued: “So it’s the challenge now to make this not too heavy for us, this huge success. Because they have this huge success very early in their career and to keep them hungry. So this is now the challenge.
“So this is now the thing, we have a Premier League to play from day one. We will be seen a bit differently as Champions League winners and this is where we have to step up.
“If we really want to build something, I’m all in, I can tell you. And I’m happy to talk about it and discuss it. If our beliefs match, we go from there.”
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