Thomas Tuchel says there is no need for Chelsea to open talks to extend his contract before this season has come to a close.
When the German coach was appointed Frank Lampard’s successor at the end of January, he only signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel has since admitted he had a little hesitancy signing such a short deal. “I want to be very honest with you, at first it was a concern, I was a little like ‘oh, why 18 months?’” Tuchel said just days after arriving at Chelsea.
“And after one minute I thought ‘what does it change?’ What does it change? If they give me four-and-a-half years, they [could] sack me anyway.
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“If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four-and-a-half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they’ll pay me.
“So where can I be sure that I’ll be there for four-and-a-half years? You cannot. That is the truth at this level.”
Since making those comments, Tuchel has overseen a dramatic transformation of Chelsea’s season.
The Blues have risen from ninth in the Premier League table to fourth, have booked their place in the FA Cup final, and are in the Champions League semi-finals, the second leg of which takes place tomorrow.
Given the rapid success Tuchel has enjoyed, it stands to reason that the Blues would been keen to tie the 47-year-old down to a new contract.
And there were reports in Italy today that Chelsea had opened discussions with the German over a new deal.
However, speaking ahead of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid tomorrow, Tuchel told reporters no talks have taken place.
He said: “No [nothing has taken place]. There is no time and no need for this right now.”