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Thomas Tuchel open to new Chelsea FC contract and extending 18-month deal: ‘I feel like a part of the family’

James Robson
·1-min read
 (The FA via Getty Images)
(The FA via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel is open to a new long-term deal at Chelsea after making such a spectacular start at Stamford Bridge.

The German was only handed an 18-month contract when taking over from Frank Lampard in January – but after leading the club to the Champions League semi-finals and the final of the FA Cup, Chelsea chiefs are sure to be considering improved terms in the summer when he will have just a year remaining on his deal.

Tuchel has been open about his reservations when offered a short-term contract – but insists he sees himself at the club for a long time to come.

“If I deserve to stay, I am super happy to stay and I will try to stay as long as possible,” he said. “I feel like a part of the Chelsea family.

“The club feels super professional here, we have unbelievable quality of support, amount of support and we have a team which it is a pleasure to be at the side-line of and to fight with this team, so honestly I don’t care what it says in my contract.

“I need to deserve to stay longer. If I deserve to stay longer, I will stay longer, no matter what it says.

“This is what I demand from myself and I feel free in the moment also and I feel good. I am at the right place in the right moment.”

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann was high on Chelsea’s radar when they were identifying candidates to replace Lampard in January. But he is widely-expected to succeed Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich in the summer.

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