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Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea are still working on transfer deals and responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s likely Premier League return


Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea might not be finished in the transfer market (Picture: CFC)

Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea are ‘trying’ to complete more signings before the summer transfer window closes and responded to the speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a sensational return to the Premier League.

Chelsea broke their transfer record on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku earlier in the month but are still interested in bolstering Tuchel’s squad further before the August 31 deadline.

The Blues have been linked with moves for Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez.

Asked if Chelsea were planning to make any more signings, Tuchel said on Friday afternoon: ‘We still have some ideas and we are trying.

‘Not all decisions are taken regarding also our squad. There are some negotiations going on and we are aware of all the situations.

‘But also I’m happy with the squad as it is, and I have a lot of confidence we are absolutely competitive on a high level. All eyes are open, we are aware of all situations and you never know in football.’

Chelsea will only sign Sevilla star Kounde if they manage to offload Kurt Zouma, with the Frenchman in talks over a move across London to West Ham.

West Ham are in talks to sign Zouma from Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

‘There are negotiations between West Ham and Chelsea about Kurt,’ said Tuchel. ‘Kurt right now is not with us but not because of these negotiations.

‘He’s had some personal and family issues. There are negotiations but to be very honest I don’t know where that leads right now. Those things can happen at this stage.’

Tuchel also responded to speculation Portugal legend Ronaldo, widely considered one of the best players of all time, is set to return to the Premier League.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has told Juventus he wants to leave the club and is in talks with both Manchester United and Manchester City over a return to the English top-flight.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League (Picture: AFP)

‘I don’t think it’s good if he plays for any of our rivals!’ Tuchel said.

‘If he ends up in the Premier League, it’s good for the Premier League and shows how competitive and how difficult this league is.

‘At the same time it will make life harder for us. I’m hearing it now for the first time so let’s wait and see what happens.’

Chelsea have enjoyed a perfect start to the new season – beating London rivals Crystal Palace and Arsenal without conceding a goal – and face 2020 champions Liverpool on Saturday.

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