£19m player has already said that he has a great relationship with Tuchel, amid reports Chelsea want to sign him

Maintaining relationships in football can be a thankless task at times.

Due to the constant rotation of players, managers and even board members, it’s difficult to build a definitive rapport inside a dressing room.

However, some members of the profession can form a bond almost instantly, despite the fast-paced nature of the industry.

Thomas Tuchel certainly falls into this category.

Tuchel is a sweet talker

The Chelsea manager is an extremely likeable figure, who can engage a room with his honest and often humble opinions.

This isn’t to say he is averse to delivering some home truths, but on the whole, the 48-year-old’s character is endearing, to say the least.

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Tuchel’s ability to create connections with those around him came to the forefront after he replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

He kept a bulging squad extremely happy, by bringing certain individuals in from the cold, whilst also giving favourites of Lampard the game time they deserved.

Again, this charm offence didn’t work for everyone.

Tammy Abraham felt the force of his coach’s tough exterior, as did Callum Hudson-Odoi on occasion.

Yet, in general, the camp felt a happier place with Tuchel at the helm.

Wing-back woes

This interpersonal strength could be crucial in Chelsea’s pursuit of a new wing-back.

Such a specific transfer chase has commenced due to Reece James and Ben Chilwell’s respective injuries.

Both are out for the foreseeable future, meaning the European champions are pretty light in this department.

Several options have been mentioned as a replacement for the absent English duo.

Before he joined Aston Villa, Lucas Digne had cropped up in conversation.

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Sergino Dest’s name continues to be mentioned, yet his allegiance apparently still belongs to Barcelona.

Chelsea are trying to end Emerson Palmieri’s loan spell with Lyon short, a request that has so far been knocked back by the French club.

Kurzawa comes to the forefront

Recently, a new player has entered the equation.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa is now amongst the list of possible solutions to the wing-back problem.

According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign the French full-back.

Kurzawa has played just once all season under Mauricio Pochettino, a stark contrast to the regular appearances he racked up during the previous regime.

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Interestingly, this run in the side arrived during Tuchel’s tenure, before he was replaced by Pochettino at the end of 2020.

A big fan of the Chelsea chief

Understandably, the left-back will be eager to cut ties with PSG after over half a decade of service since his £19m (ESPN) move from Monaco.

He could well seek to find refuge in South West London with the man he knows, and likes, so well.

“I have a very good relationship with him. This allowed me to have playing time this season,” said Kurzawa a few years ago about the Blues boss.

“After unfortunately, there was confinement, but I was able to play several matches despite my status as a substitute behind Juan (Bernat),”

It is also a mark of confidence on his part because I did not think that I was going to play as many matches.

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“I notably played the knockout stages of the Champions League against Dortmund, which was something strong for me.”

Kurzawa could be rejuvenated by Tuchel’s magic touch, a spell that needs to be cast soon if Chelsea are to address their wing-back dilemma.  

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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.