Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remained coy on his future amid links with Manchester United, insisting he will stay at the club until the end of the season.
The full effect of the sanctions placed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich have not surfaced yet, as the club continue to get on with business as usual on the pitch. Many things are brewing in the background, though, and a clearer picture of the situation could emerge in the coming days.
It has been speculated that many of their high-profile stars could depart in the summer after a few reportedly held talks with their respective lawyers to find a solution. One person at the club who has found himself at the centre of increasing speculation is Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
While the rumours of Tuchel leaving imminently may be unfounded, the German coach could consider departing in the summer. Manchester United are already planning an approach for Tuchel to solve their long drawn out managerial appointment issue.
Manchester United are in search of a new full-time manager. Current interim boss Ralf Rangnick will move into an executive role after the season ends and could have a big say in the new appointment. Mauricio Pochettino is heavily tipped to take over next season, although things can get trickier with the availability of Tuchel.
"The club is for sale but hopefully it goes through. So day-by-day, that's the way for us". pic.twitter.com/TDfFXdHTPj
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However, Tuchel insisted he will remain with Chelsea at least until the end of the current season. Speaking on Sunday, after his team’s win over Newcastle United (h/t Manchester Evening News), the Chelsea boss remained coy on his future amid speculation linking him to the Manchester United hot seat.
Tuchel said, “There’s no doubt I’ll stay until the end of the season. Absolutely. We just have to wait, and we still have to go day-by-day because everything can change. As you know, the situation is clear, the club’s for sale, and hopefully, it will go through to sort things out and give us a perspective. But it’s pure speculation, and I have no further information than you already have.”
“That’s what I meant with day-by-day, which is anyway a good way to live your life, and now we are forced to do it because there are some circumstances we cannot influence, and at some point, it’s not so nice because we have no strings to pull and no actions to do to help.”
“Of course, the focus is on the first team, our players and me and the first team of Chelsea. But Chelsea is much more than the first team of the Premier League. It’s a massive club, a massive club with huge tradition, and there are hundreds of people who I’m pretty sure worry more than our players and staff, me included,” he added.
It remains to be seen how the situation at Chelsea evolves in the coming weeks and how it impacts the future of their manager and their players.