Thomas Tuchel claims the shock of the Champions League triumph led to a contract extension at Chelsea as the club tries to tie the last heroes N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger to new deals
- Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to Champions League glory this weekend
- The Blues defeated rivals Manchester City 1-0 in Saturday night’s final in Porto
- Tuchel expects his Stamford Bridge deal to be extended by Chelsea now
- The German still has one year to go on the 18-month contract he signed in January
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes he has triggered an automatic contract extension by winning the club’s second Champions League.
The German signed an 18-month contract when he took office as Frank Lampard’s successor in January, but he says Saturday’s euphoric victory over Manchester City means his contract has been extended until at least 2023.
“I think I have a clause that makes my contract a little longer if I win the Premier League or the Champions League,” said Tuchel. “I’m not 100 percent sure, but my manager said it a few weeks ago.
Thomas Tuchel thinks he has a new contract with Chelsea after winning the Champions League
Tuchel led the Blues to a 1-0 win over Manchester City in Saturday’s European final in Porto
‘I have no doubt I want to stay and it’s not even the most important thing. If I have a one year contract, I work the same way as if I had a three or four year contract. I am very happy to be here, it is a great start and we are now moving towards the next one. ‘
Tuchel first met owner Roman Abramovich during the post-game festivities and was expected to have more talks with the Russian.
But the prospect of the 47-year-old dedicating his future to the Stamford Bridge club now seems like a formality. Tuchel plans to move to England with his family this summer – another testament to his long-term commitment to stay with Chelsea.
He said: ‘We’re getting a house in mid-July, so it’s almost ready when we start over and then we go to Dublin for a training camp. Then I will move to a house. My family comes over in August and this is a big part of course. ‘
Tuchel signed an 18-month deal in January, but Roman Abramovich could extend that contract
Chelsea will also be accelerating their efforts to renew the contracts of some of Tuchel’s European heroes in the coming weeks.
N’Golo Kante, man of the match in Porto, has entered the last two years of his contract and Chelsea will urgently seek clarity about the France international’s future in order to grant him an extension.
Center-back Antonio Rudiger, who is in the last year of his contract to sign a new deal, is another priority.
The future of Toni Rudiger (frontman) and Thiago Silva will be sorted over the course of the summer
Tuchel has publicly expressed his wish for Rudiger to stay, but with the Germany international able to sign a provisional contract with a foreign club from January, there is uncertainty about his future heading into Euro 2020.
sports mail understands that little progress has been made on a new deal, despite Rudiger emerging as one of Tuchel’s key men, but talks are expected to accelerate now that the season is over.
Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva, whose contract expires next month, is expected to activate a 12-month option on the contract with him switching from Paris Saint-Germain last year.