‘Some of them want to maybe leave’ – Tuchel to make difficult transfer decisions


The Blues manager is giving everyone in his team a chance to shine, but he is aware that changes will be made in the summer transfer window.

Thomas Tuchel is giving everyone a chance to shine at Chelsea, but admits that some of his players “want to maybe go,” citing the departures of Tammy Abraham and Danny Drinkwater as examples.

Last season, the Blues finished fourth in the Premier League and won the Champions League, with a German coach brought in midway through the 2020-21 season having an instant effect.

Tuchel is currently sifting through bloated ranks that have welcomed back an army of loan players, with some major choices on who stays and who leaves to be made before the summer transfer market ends on August 31.

What has been said?

Tuchel has told the Blues’ official website on having loanees back and senior stars that have been short on regular game time: “I have never had that before. 

“That was new, I was not scared about it, but I was curious to see how the mentality is because don’t forget, some of them leave their families behind, some of them want to stay in their loan clubs, some of them have not that possibility.

“Some of them have done two or three pre-seasons here already. Some of them want to look absolutely for the chance to stay, some of them want to maybe leave. They’re humans, they’re not robots and that’s why we have to accept it’s not the easiest situation also for them.

“But what I’ve experienced every day is the complete opposite – it’s a very positive group, hardworking, full of desire to learn, hungry in every training session and ready to go.

“It’s such a good mix with the five or six guys who were with us here in the last half-a-year. I’m absolutely happy because it’s so much easier than I thought, it’s so easy and so nice to be the coach of these guys. There are possibilities for all of us and this group deserves our full attention, and they get it.

“I don’t judge on where you come from or what your history is, or what you earn or what your status is. I’m in charge of this group so they get my 100 per cent. I give my everything, they give it back, they make me smile, I give even more, that makes them smile, they give even more.

“You try every year to create a certain atmosphere where everybody is happy to come, everybody feels valued, everybody feels confident but everybody knows at the same time what is expected from them and then you have to live up to your talent.

“These guys are full of talent and now it’s on us to push them to their highest level possible. Then we will decide is this in the moment good enough for us, does this help us, is it better for the player to go on loan or get sold. This comes as the last step in this give and take.”