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In the heart of a month of April of all peril, Chelsea will be playing its future on the European stage in three days. Helpless at Stamford Bridge (1-3) where Karim Benzema, author of a sparkling hat-trick, once again took on the hero costume, the Blues will therefore try to reverse the trend at the Santiago-Bernabéu during the second leg of the quarter-finals of this prestigious Champions League . A task that promises to be difficult, but which is not the only concern on the London side. In the process of selecting its future owner since Roman Abramovich’s departure, Chelsea are at a crossroads and his coach Thomas Tuchel seems well aware of this.
Necessarily concerned about this relatively unstable institutional context, the former Paris Saint-Germain coach does not want to ignore the sporting aspect, quite the contrary. With this in mind, the German technician has already sent a hellish message to the club’s future owners and it involves two burning files of the reigning European champions. Indeed, Thomas Tuchel believes decisions should be made this summer about the future of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, in order to avoid another season of uncertainty surrounding two first-team executives.
Thomas Tuchel wants to seal the future of his duo Jorginho-Kante!
A situation and speculation that the 48-year-old tactician has already had to endure during the current exercise, be it with Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen. As things stand, both Kante and Jorginho’s contracts will expire in the summer of 2023 and talks on new renewal deals are yet to take place as Chelsea are currently operating under a strict government license after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned as part of the response from the UK on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. An insecurity that is always present and that has the gift of alarming Tuchel, well aware of the undeniable added value of these two experienced circles.
“Nobody wants that with big players and important players these days”also declared the coach of the Blues for his team’s trip to Southampton† “It is a wish as a coach that we solve that in some way this summer, that we solve it and that it is clear where the journey is and what the decision is. Yes, that is the wish. [Sinon] we have the same discussions we had about Antonio and Andreas. Just swap the names. We’d talk about it in the winter, then in January, then the cops would talk to this club and another’s brother. It would be nice if we could avoid it, but right now it’s hard [à cause des sanctions]† But that should be the goal for all of us.”† The message has arrived! It remains to know the position of the future buyers with regard to the two precious thirties from Chelsea …