‘He’s great’: Denis Zakaria claims he joined Chelsea because of one man who has now left the club

Denis Zakaria has claimed to Blick that Thomas Tuchel was one of the main reasons why he chose to join Chelsea instead of fellow interested club Liverpool.

The Blues moved swiftly for the Swiss international on deadline day, as they decided from their start to the season that their midfield needed a boast following a rough start.

While they looked for a more permanent solution in Edson Alvarez originally, the club managed to agree a loan fee with Juventus in double quick time to get a deal done.

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It has since emerged that Chelsea were not the only club interested in signing Zakaria at the late stages of the window, as Liverpool looked to sign a midfielder too.

They eventually ended up with the loan of Arthur Melo, also from Juventus, however if reports are to be believed they have been left unhappy with their new man.

Zakaria joined because of Tuchel

While Zakaria was aware of interest from Jurgen Klopp’s men, it was fellow German manager Tuchel who was a deciding factor in his decision.

He said: “I heard that [Liverpool’s interest] from my agent, but in the end it was Chelsea. I think I’ll be happier in England than in Turin.

“Thomas Tuchel was one of the reasons I went to Chelsea. He’s a great coach. We didn’t have much time with him, but that’s football. Everything moves fast.

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“I might have a new chance with the new coach, about whom I’ve heard a lot of good things. I will work hard to get my place.”

Tuchel’s sacking was as sudden as new manager Graham Potter’s hiring, and Zakaria will now be hoping he can impress the former Brighton man enough to make his first Blues appearance in the busy month of October.

However, with N’golo Kante’s return likely to be next month, opportunities may become more and more scarce.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.