After Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government, the Blues found themselves in a precarious position where they couldn’t acquire or sell players, provide contracts to existing employees, or sell match tickets.
Manchester United had targeted Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag as top targets, but Tuchel is a student of Ralf Rangnick’s methods and would be an excellent choice to succeed temporary manager Ralf Rangnick.
Tuchel, on the other hand, has put the rumours to rest for the time being by stating that he will ‘definitely’ stay at Chelsea until the conclusion of the season.
Despite Manchester United’s interest, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel maintains he will finish the season at Stamford Bridge at the very least.
‘There’s no doubt I’ll stay until the end of the season. Absolutely,’ said Tuchel.
‘We just have to wait and we still have to go day-by-day because everything can change.
‘As you know the situation is clear, the club’s for sale, and hopefully, it will go through to sort things out and give us a perspective. But it’s pure speculation and I have no further information than you already have.
‘That’s what I meant with day-by-day, which is anyway a good way to live your life, and now we are forced to do it because there are some circumstances we cannot influence, and at some point it’s not so nice because we have no strings to pull and no actions to do to help.
‘On the other side it gives you the freedom to focus on what we can influence, and this is our performances and to show the spirit.
‘Of course, the focus is on the first team, our players and me and the first team of Chelsea. But Chelsea is much more than the first team of the Premier League. It’s a massive club, massive club with huge tradition and there are hundreds of people who I’m pretty sure worry more than our players and staff, me included
‘For them, it’s important that we show the spirit and give them a bit of a distraction, some hope and show what we are about, and we are about football because we love the game.’
Chelsea finished a difficult week with a win over Newcastle United to a late winner from Kai Havertz.
With his left foot, the German took down a superb Jorginho pass and slotted home, continuing his fine recent run.
The victory keeps Chelsea in third place ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg clash against Lille.