Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he’s a “little bit” aggravated with Barcelona over their pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta.
The 32-year-old has 12 months remaining on his Chelsea contract and has reportedly requested to go away the membership after a decade at Stamford Bridge to return to his native Spain with Barcelona.
However Tuchel says he’s not positive if he needs to provide Azpilicueta “what he needs”, and believes Barca have undervalued the defender, evaluating his worth to that of latest Chelsea seize Kalidou Koulibaly, who signed for £33m from Napoli earlier this month.
When requested on the Common Orlando Resort, if he has been aggravated by the Spanish giants’ pursuit of Azpilicueta, Tuchel replied: “Possibly a bit of bit.”
Requested concerning the Spaniard’s future, Tuchel mentioned: “It is a powerful query as a result of I’m not positive if I need to give Azpi what he needs.
“Sooner or later it’s about what we would like. I simply made the comparability about how a lot we fought for Koulibaly, who’s a nationwide crew participant and roughly the identical age.
“He’s a massively essential participant for Napoli however we’ve a Spanish worldwide who’s the captain at Chelsea. I see him possibly on the similar stage however Barcelona do not see him on that stage. So I’m not positive if I need to give him what he needs as he is a big participant.
“We do not suppose a lot about different golf equipment. The main target is on us and what we’d like. I mentioned that to him and I say it to you that I perceive on a private and a profession stage. However I’m not solely on this function to provide him what he needs. I’m a supervisor for Chelsea who needs to do what’s greatest for Chelsea.
“He does not prefer it however he understands. It’s powerful for him as a result of the opposite membership is completely on him. On September 1 when issues settle down, then he can play on his highest stage.”
Tuchel additionally informed Sky Sports activities Information: “I perceive his want, his considerations, his ideas about his profession and his private life, however he’s additionally our captain, an enormous captain and a legend and a winner. And I do not see many causes as my function as supervisor to surrender on all these strengths that he has.”
Sky in Germany: Werner needs to go away Chelsea
Timo Werner may depart Stamford Bridge this summer season with the striker wanting to go away the membership, in line with Sky in Germany.
Requested whether or not Werner is searching for an exit, Tuchel informed Sky Sports activities Information: “I do not suppose so, so I do not find out about it.
“Timo has not talked to me about it. I feel he needs to make his means at Chelsea, and he’s nonetheless to show some extent.”
Werner joined Chelsea in June 2020 from RB Leipzig in a £45m deal and has scored 23 targets in 89 appearances in all competitions.
The 26-year-old began 15 Premier League video games final season and scored 4 occasions.
Chelsea stay assured of finishing Kounde deal
In the meantime, Barca are additionally rivalling Chelsea for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde however the Blues stay assured of finishing a deal for the Frenchman.
The 23-year-old belatedly joined up with Sevilla’s pre-season training camp in Portugal on Thursday after he was initially neglected of the group.
Chelsea have had a verbal settlement with Kounde since June, with the previous Bordeaux defender admired for a while by Tuchel.
Requested about their Kounde pursuit, Tuchel informed Sky Sports activities Information: “No information. If there shall be information about Jules Kounde I’ll inform you. I can’t begin commenting on different gamers.”
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