Tuchel pleased for Chalobah after first Chelsea goal
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly cautious about adding too many players to his already large Blues squad amid speculation that the German is pursuing new targets after signing Romelu Lukaku.
The west Londoners finally ended their lengthy search for a new striker when they confirmed Lukaku’s arrival last week.
A £97.5million fee was agreed with Inter Milan to bring the Belgian back to the club seven years after he departed for Everton.
Lukaku is Chelsea’s only major signing of the summer so far. Tuchel promised not to make sweeping changes to his squad but is understood to want a centre-back, with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde a target.
Former Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has also been added to Tuchel’s squad to provide competition for Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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Further signings will likely depend on the situations of stars whose futures remain uncertain.
According to Goal, the European champions have funds available but Tuchel is wary about the happiness of a squad which was only recently made up of a staggering 42 players.
The report continues that incomings will depend on contract talks, especially with defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
Both players have entered the final 12 months of their deals. Chelsea will have until January to resolve their futures before Christensen and Rudiger can speak to foreign clubs about a free transfer ahead of a summer move.
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One of those individuals departing could prompt Tuchel into a bid for French centre-back Kounde.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the Blues all summer but a transfer is yet to materialise.
Tuchel may even choose not to pursue Kounde following the emergence of academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah.
The Chelsea boss handed Chalobah a senior debut in the Super Cup victory over Villarreal.
He impressed against the La Liga side and was handed a full Premier League bow against Crystal Palace, in which he hammered home the third goal in a comfortable 3-0 victory.
The win helped Chelsea get off to a fantastic start to their 2021-22 campaign, with a Premier League title bid a possibility.
However Tuchel downplayed expectations after the game, claiming that his side are the top-flight’s ‘fourth’ team, behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.
“To be honest I see ourselves as the number four and that cannot be the favourite next year. The number four have to close the gap to three, two and one and this is where we are,” the 47-year-old said.
“We said in the last campaign we set the bar high, close the gaps in the 90 minutes but we will try to continue with this. It is the Premier League, the best competition.
“It is on us. I truly believe we are in the role of the hunters and we need to get to Liverpool, Man City and Man United.
“We need to do this week in, week out and this was a very good first step. Well deserved.
“We are not shy to say this out loud that we try to be the best in any competition we play but the reality is that we came in fourth place [last season] and we have to close the gap.”
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