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Thomas Tuchel reveals why he was worried by Chelsea’s offer of an 18-month contract


Tuchel says he was surprised to only be offered an 18-month deal (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel admits he was initially ‘worried’ at only being offered an 18-month contract to take over at Stamford Bridge.

The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss replaced Frank Lampard in west London at the end of January with the Blues unbeaten since his arrival at the club.

Tuchel’s current Chelsea deal will only take him up to the end of next season, although there is an option to extend the agreement by a further 12 months, and given the sacrifices he made in moving to London, the decision left him questioning how much faith the club had in him.

But the German says it took him ‘a matter of minutes’ to make the decision to sign the deal, confident any success will be rewarded.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport, Tuchel said of the short-term deal: ‘I would say it affects me, everything affects me but in a very positive way because I was worried about that in the beginning.

Chelsea are unbeaten under their new manager Thomas Tuchel (Picture: Getty)

‘It was all done in 72 hours so I didn’t like it at first. I thought they don’t trust me; what is this, [for this] I have to leave my country, maybe leave my family behind, it’s not so easy, we are many points behind place number four and maybe we don’t make it which is still possible and then it’s easy to sack me then again.

‘But after a matter of minutes [I thought] what does it change anyway? I took it off my shoulders.

‘If they like what I am doing, they will make me stay. If I’m not good, if I don’t have results and they don’t like me they will sack me anyway.

‘I can have a five year contract and they will still sack me. So why worry about it. Am I convinced about myself? Yes. am I convinced about this team, this club and this league? Yes, yes and yes.

‘So why worry about this number? From then on I stepped out of this cycle of thinking and I live a bit easier.

‘I don’t worry too much. Maybe it’s better this way. The approach is to say we better use every day because we never know how long we have as manager at Chelsea.’


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