new deal Thomas Tuchel's new Chelsea contract is confirmed as transfer plans are formed
Chelsea have confirmed that they have agreed a new three-year contract with Champions League winning head coach Thomas Tuchel, with transfer plans for this summer now set to gather in momentum.
Tuchel's signed a contract in January that was due to run until the summer of 2022, but that was always certain to be extended once he led the club to Champions League glory against Manchester City in last Saturday's final in Porto.
Now the club has confirmed they have agreed to hand contract a deal that will run for the next three years, with the German handed a substantial pay rise as part of the agreement.
"I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family," said Tuchel. "There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation."
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "When Thomas joined us in January there was still so much to play for domestically and in Europe. He slotted in seamlessly and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family.
"Returning us to the top four in the Premier League was crucial, and we could not be happier with our success in the Champions League which crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea.
"We are obviously extremely pleased therefore to retain Thomas for a further two years, and look forward to more achievements in the coming seasons."
Tuchel and Chelsea are now formalising their transfer plans for this summer, with a handful of players set to be allowed to leave and two to three players expected to arrive.
While Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was a top transfer target for Chelsea, the Belgian striker appears to be committed to Inter Milan after confirming he wants to stay with the Italian champions, where Simone Inzaghi took over as head coach this week.
"Yes, I am staying," Lukaku, who joined in 2019 from Manchester United, told the broadcaster VTM. "I feel good at Inter.
"I've already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manage. It was a very positive conversation. There's also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league]."
Inter chiefs have also vowed to ensure Lukaku stays after his goals fired the club to the Italian title, so that leaves Chelsea with a dilemma as they look to sign a marquee striker.
Erling Haaland is the first choice target for owner Roman Abramovich, but it remains to be seen whether the players wants to join Chelsea and if Borussia Dortmund can be persuaded to sell their star striker.
A deal to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham has been dismissed as 'out of reach' by Chelsea insiders, with Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang mentioned as an unlikely target after he worked with Tuchel at Dortmund.
Chelsea are also keen to tie down midfield general N'Golo Kante to a new contract, while Tammy Abraham is a player who may be leaving Chelsea, with Leicester among the clubs showing an interest in the England striker.
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