Thomas Tuchel has admitted he’s rising uninterested in Barcelona’s pursuit of Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, and the Blues may find yourself retaining him this summer season.
Barça have made no secret of their want so as to add Azpilicueta – who’ve requested Chelsea to let him depart on a cut-price deal – to their ranks after signing Andreas Christensen from them on a free switch this window.
But Tuchel has stated that the 2 golf equipment’ fully completely different valuations of the 32-year-old imply that any deal dangers collapsing.
“It’s a difficult question because I’m not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point it’s about what we want. I just made the comparison about how much we fought for [Kalidou] Koulibaly, who is a national team player and about the same age, says Tuchel.
“He is a vastly necessary participant for Napoli however we have now a Spanish worldwide who’s captain at Chelsea. I see him possibly at the identical stage however Barcelona do not see him at that stage. So I’m undecided if I would like to do it. give him what he desires as a result of he’s an awesome participant.
“We don’t think too much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I told him and I’ll tell you that I understand on a personal and career level. But I’m not just in this role to give him what he wants I’m a Chelsea manager who wants to do what’s best for Chelsea.
“He would not prefer it however he understands. It’s robust for him as a result of the opposite membership is on him completely. The first of September when issues relax, then he can play at his highest stage.”
Asked if he was aggravated by Barcelona’s push for Azpilicueta, he replied: “Maybe just a little.”
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90min understands Jules Konde is finally close to sealing a move to Chelsea, and while Tuchel remained tight-lipped about the transfer, he revealed he would like to add a left-sided defender to his ranks as well.
“We are clearly searching for individuals who can play on the left,” continued Tuchel. “To be honest, Antonio [Rudiger] played on the left side and he is not left-footed. Maybe Kalidou can play there because he plays in a back four on the left wing.
“Let’s see what’s potential. It’s not nearly bringing in gamers for numbers. We want numbers however we additionally want high quality so we’ll make some choices late. Not nearly high quality however methods.”