Chelsea technical director Petr Cech says he ‘hopes’ Thomas Tuchel will stay at the club, despite speculation linking him with an exit from Stamford Bridge after the sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich.
The Russian had his assets frozen this week due to his ties with Vladimir Putin and Chelsea are now operating with a special liscence that bans them from signing and selling players, selling match tickets and offering new contracts.
Tuchel has been a revelation in London but he’s been linked with Manchester United since news about the sanctions broke, with Rangnick keen to appoint his apprentice at Old Trafford.
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With so much uncertainty over Chelsea’s future – including the threat of administration – Cech fronted up to SkySports before today’s game against Newcastle and attempted to answer some tough questions about the club’s future.
Asked about Tuchel’s future, Cech said the club have been informed that all current contracts are ‘valid’ and he hopes the German coach will remain at the club.
‘Well Thomas has a contract until 2024 and as it stands we’ve been told that the contracts will be valid,’ Cech told SkySports.
‘In that way we hope that we will have him as a coach because he’s been absolutely brilliant on every level but that’s another thing that tomorrow the situation can change and my answer will be irrelevant.
A number of parties are interested in buying the Blues from Abramovich, with the UK government willing to allow a sale to go through should the Russian billionaire not benefit from the transaction.
British businessman Nick Candy is a leading candidate to buy Chelsea and he’s vowed to include a fan on the board should his offer be accepted.
Cech added: ‘Chelsea Football Club has 117 years of history and a lot of success and that success comes down to hard work and dedication of these people who have been working at the club since it was founded.
‘It has its own journey and its own success and of course I hear around that people try to take the last 19 years and try to erase it from the memory of the football community but this is not about money this is about dedication, hard work and the players that sweat every day and work hard with people behind the scenes to make people successful.
‘We’ve done it within all the rules and financial fair plays and everything which was in our power and i believe that should not be forgotten.’