Thomas Tuchel says he feels “like part of the Chelsea family” after
masterminding a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup
semi-finals on Saturday.
Tuchel has done a fine job since replacing Frank Lampard in the
Stamford Bridge hot seat in January.
As well as guiding the Blues to the FA Cup final, he has also
brought them back into the race for the top four in the Premier
And Chelsea will take part in the last four of the Champions League
later this month for the first time since 2014.
Tuchel was only handed an 18-month deal when he took the reins
in west London, and the German admitted he was initially surprised
at the length of the contract.
Despite his fine start to life in English football, Tuchel has yet to
put pen to paper on an extended contract.
But the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund head coach insists he
is happy at the club and hinted he would be willing to sign a longer
“The point is that I had these concerns [about the length of my
contract] and after five, maybe 15 minutes, I said to myself that it
changes nothing how many years this contract is,” he said.
“I demand from myself to deliver, to have an impact and to be the
best I can. So this will not change in the future. If I deserve to stay,
I am super happy to stay and I will try to stay as long as possible. I
feel like a part of the Chelsea family.
“The club feels super professional here, we have unbelievable
quality of support, amount of support and we have a team which it
is a pleasure to be at the side-line of and to fight with this team, so
honestly, I don’t care what it says in my contract. I need to deserve
to stay longer.
“If I deserve to stay longer, I will stay longer, no matter what it
says. This is what I demand from myself and I feel free at the
moment also and I feel good.
“I am at the right place at the right moment. Everything else will fall
into its place when it is there. If I want to stay longer, I deliver week
after week .”
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