'Good decision': Some Chelsea fans buzzing that Tuchel reportedly doesn't want to sell 22-year-old this month

A handful of Chelsea supporters reacted positively to the news that Thomas Tuchel apparently wants to keep hold of Malang Sarr for the rest of the season.

According to Ouest France, the Blues boss is keen to give Sarr a real stab at the first team until at least this current campaign concludes.

Sarr has stepped up

The young Frenchman has forced his way to the forefront of his manager’s thinking, thanks to several solid displays in defence.

Due to Chelsea’s injury concerns, the 22-year-old started four successive games in January for the first time since moving to South West London a few summers ago.

He played particularly well away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and at Manchester City’s ground last weekend.

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Having previously been viewed as nothing more than a spare part ready to be chucked away, Sarr is now a valued member of the squad.

By Tuchel anyway, who reportedly will wade off potential suitors for the centre-back this month.

Making a beeline for Malang

Foot Mercato claim that Newcastle United, Everton, West Ham United and Leicester City want to sign the former Nice player on loan.

All four Premier League clubs have their own issues at the back, whether that be because of absentees or simply a lack of quality in that department.

Newcastle, Everton and Leicester are all in the top ten for goals conceded, whilst West Ham have been without former Stamford Bridge man Kurt Zouma since early December.

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Rewind even just a couple of weeks and Chelsea probably would’ve welcomed these offers with open arms.

However, the landscape has changed and the Blues arguably need Sarr more than ever.

Of course, he might be replaced at the start of the new term. But, for now, Sarr is here to stay.

Chelsea fans were certainly uplifted by this update, as they have been gratefully excepting any hint of good news recently.

Here’s how they reacted to the story on Twitter:

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.