Thomas Tuchel claims shock Champions League triumph has triggered a contract extension at Chelsea, as the club look to tie down final heroes N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger to new deals
- Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to Champions League glory over the weekend
- The Blues defeated rivals Manchester City 1-0 in Saturday night’s final in Porto
- Tuchel is expecting his Stamford Bridge deal to be extended by Chelsea now
- The German has one year left to run on the 18-month deal he signed in January
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes he has triggered an automatic contract extension by winning the club’s second Champions League.
The German signed an 18-month deal when he arrived as Frank Lampard’s successor in January but he says Saturday’s euphoric win over Manchester City means his contract has been extended until at least 2023.
‘I think that I have a clause that makes my contract a bit longer if I win the Premier League or the Champions League,’ said Tuchel. ‘I’m not 100 per cent sure but my manager said it some weeks ago.
Thomas Tuchel thinks he has a new contract at Chelsea after winning the Champions League
Tuchel led the Blues to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Saturday’s European final in Porto
‘There are no doubts I want to stay and it’s even not the most important thing. If I have a one-year contract, I will work in the same way as if I have a three or four-year contract. I’m very happy to be here, it’s a fantastic beginning and we go now for the next one.’
Tuchel met owner Roman Abramovich for the first time during the post-match celebrations and was expected to hold more talks with the Russian.
But the prospect of the 47-year-old committing his future to the Stamford Bridge club now appears to be a formality. Tuchel is planning on moving his family to England this summer — further proof of his intention to be at Chelsea for the long term.
He said: ‘We will get a house in the middle of July so it is almost ready when we restart and then we go to Dublin for a training camp. After that I will move into a house. My family will come over in August and, of course, this is a huge part.’
Tuchel signed an 18-month deal in January but Roman Abramovich could extend that contract
Chelsea will also accelerate their attempts to extend the contracts of a number of Tuchel’s European heroes in the coming weeks.
N’Golo Kante, man of the match in Porto, has entered the final two years of his contract and Chelsea will seek clarity on the France international’s future as a matter of urgency with a view to handing him an extension.
Getting centre back Antonio Rudiger, who is in the final year of his contract, to sign a new deal is another priority.
The futures of Toni Rudiger (front) and Thiago Silva are set to be sorted over the summer
Tuchel has publicly expressed his desire for Rudiger to stay but, with the Germany international able to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club from January, there is uncertainty over his future heading into Euro 2020.
Sportsmail understands there has been little progress over a new deal despite Rudiger emerging as one of Tuchel’s key men but it is expected that talks will accelerate now the season is over.
Brazil centre back Thiago Silva, whose deal expires next month, is expected to activate a 12-month option on the contract which saw him join from Paris Saint-Germain last year.