Report: Chelsea owner Abramovich to reward Thomas Tuchel after Champions League win
Chelsea plan to offer manager Thomas Tuchel a new contract after the Champions League final victory over Manchester City on Saturday, according to The Guardian.
Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge on an 18-month deal when he took over from Frank Lampard in January. And what four months it has been.
Not only that he successfully achieved the initial objective, which is to finish in the top four in the Premier League, but he also took the team to the Champions League podium.
As it stands, the German will soon enter the final year of his contract with Chelsea. But it may change soon.
According to The Guardian report, Chelsea plan to reward the former Paris Saint-Germain boss with a one-year extension (until 2023) from his initial deal with the option of a further year.
Tuchel himself has hinted at a potential new contract after the game.
“I am not even 100% sure maybe I have already a new contract now,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference (via Hayters TV).
“My manager said something about it. Let’s check this first.
“I spoke to the owner on the pitch. It was the best moment for the first meeting.
“It can only get worse [laugh].
“We will speak tomorrow, we will speak later. I will stay hungry for more victories and to grow as a coach.”
Aside from, perhaps, a deserved reward for Tuchel, a new contract extension would only help boost the team’s morale.
Although, at Chelsea, you can never be sure.
Bear in mind, Roberto Di Matteo was sacked six months after leading the team to their first-ever Champions League trophy.
The former Chelsea midfielder had just signed a two-year contract at that point, but it did not stop Abramovich from wielding his axe.
It could be different this time, however. Tuchel is clearly a far more experienced manager than Di Matteo. And unlike in 2012, the current Chelsea squad is now full of young talents who could still grow as a team.
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