Report: Tuchel decides he will not sell two Chelsea players in January, but that could all change in the summer

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly reluctant to release Chelsea duo Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in January but could do so at the end of the season.

This is according to the Evening Standard, who claim the Blues boss will not look to sell our loan out his two struggling stars after the New Year.

What is the situation with Werner and Ziyech?

It is fair to say Werner and Ziyech have not exactly settled into the South West London life since their respective moves last summer.

Both arrived with big European reputations, boasting the statistics to match.

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In Ziyech’s final season as an Ajax player, he scored nine times and provided 20 assists.

In the year and a half spent at Chelsea, the Moroccan has scored nine times and provided just eight assists.

Werner meanwhile bagged 34 goals for RB Leipzig before joining the Champions League holders.

The 25-year-old’s overall tally for the Blues currently stands at 17.

Are they going or staying?

Neither have truly justified their price tags, nor a regular inclusion in Tuchel’s team.

They go through small patches of promise, followed by long stretches of disappointment.

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Hence why there have been rumours about the pair possibly being sent away from Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window.

Ziyech was apparently seen as a backup option for Barcelona if they failed to land Ferran Torres, although that deal is nearly secured.

Ian McGarry claimed that Robert Lewandowski’s agent had offered his client to Chelsea, in a move that could see Werner heading back to the Bundesliga.

Yet, it seems Tuchel does not want to relinquish his forwards just yet, as the side enters their busiest period of the term.

This outlook might change in June, but for now, the Blues need every man available for action.

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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.