Glenn Hoddle has praised how Thomas Tuchel has transformed Chelsea into a Champions League-winning side and was surprised by the German’s new contract.

When Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January, he was given a clear objective by the Chelsea board: to finish in the top four.

He not only accomplished that, despite the final-day fixture scare, but he also exceeded expectations with the Champions League triumph.

Unsurprisingly, the German has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension (until 2024) to his initial 18-month deal.

Hoddle who said Tuchel has made Chelsea a “tough side” to play against seems to have expected a longer deal after Tuchel’s achievements.

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“He has done a fabulous job, hasn’t he?” Hoddle told talkSPORT about Tuchel’s spell at Chelsea so far.

“And rightly so.

“I’m surprised that it’s [Tuchel’s contract extension] only two years, to be honest. Maybe that’s only him asking for two years.

“Nowadays, contracts are six-month, aren’t they really?”

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Chronicle view

To be fair, no Chelsea manager has really been untouchable regardless of how many years left in their contract in Roman Abramovich’s era.

Roberto Di Matteo, for example, was appointed as a full-time manager on a two-year deal in June after the FA Cup and the Champions League double-winning season in, but lost his job just a few months later in November.

Tuchel is a far more experienced manager than Di Matteo, obviously.

And unlike the latter who had a rather ageing squad and lost important dressing-room figures such as Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, and Michael Essien the following summer, Tuchel has a very young squad that will only improve.

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