Blues boss hinted there would be an announcement about an extension of his current 18-month contract
Thomas Tuchel has hinted he will get a new contract after helping Chelsea to a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final.
The Blues became European champions for the second time thanks to a strike from Kai Havertz, but will quickly seek to secure the future of the manager who orchestrated the success.
After replacing Frank Lampard in January, Chelsea signed Tuchel on an 18-month contract which now appears to be on the verge of being extended.
What was said?
“I’m not even 100% sure, but I might have a new contract now,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference. “It may be, my manager said something about it, but I don’t know. So let’s check that out first.
“I spoke to the owner right now in the field, it was the best time for a first meeting. Or the worst, because now it can only get worse! We will talk tomorrow, talk later, talk tomorrow, and looking forward to it.
“I can assure him that I’m going to stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy, as a member of a really ambitious club, a strong part of a strong group. It fits my belief and to my passion for football at the moment perfectly.
“So my desire is to go for more wins, to grow as a coach and to push the squad on the first day of next season to the limit. We have work to do to close the gap, and that’s what I am, so it’ll be nice to meet him a little closer.
“We’re in touch but not personally, he knows what’s going on with me directly. But now it’s nice to meet him.”
Is there a fear that Tuchel may leave earlier?
No, Tuchel is known to be delighted with his arrangement at Stamford Bridge and the recent success against Pep Guardiola will only strengthen his resolve.
Asked previously about signing a short-term contract, Tuchel explained that being successful would ensure he stayed longer in West London and that he was happy with the situation.
Chelsea have sought to offer their managers short contracts after being forced to pay Antonio Conte and his staff £ 26million ($ 37million) after a lengthy legal battle following his sacking. Likewise, Jose Mourinho got a huge payout when he lost his job at Chelsea.
What else did Tuchel say?
Tuchel added that Chelsea becoming European champions was just the start for his young squad: “Well that’s the next one, honestly,” he said.
“When we won the cup in Dortmund, I didn’t come to the next training session with less hunger or ambition.
“Of course, now is the time to party for a few days, to enjoy and let it sink in. Absolutely, let it go is the time now for a week or two and talk about it and go there. reflect.
“But then, surprisingly, it doesn’t do much to you and I think it’s good because nobody wants to rest, I want the next hit, the next title, the next process, the same level of quality.
“I want to be a part of it and I demand to be a part of it. That’s what comes next, make no mistake about it.”