Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that some of the team’s returning borrowers are keen to secure a move from the club this summer.
The Blues had the best of 30 loaners last season, most of whom have now returned to the club for the preseason under the new boss as they prepare for the next step in their respective careers.
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Like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Armando Broja have impressed during the pre-season when they look to force themselves into Tuchel’s first team, but the manager admitted that there are a handful of players whose focus remains elsewhere.
“I’ve never had it before,” he told the club’s official website about the chance to work with so many new players. “It was new, I was not afraid of it, but I was curious to see what the mentality is not to forget, some of them leave their families behind, others want to stay in their loan clubs, others of them do not have that opportunity .
“Some of them have already done two or three pre-seasons here. Some of them absolutely want to look for the chance to stay, others may want to leave. They are humans, they are not robots and that is why we have to accept that it is not the easiest the situation also for them.
“But what I have experienced every day is the opposite – it is a very positive group, hard working, full of desire to learn, hungry in every workout and ready to go.
“It’s such a good mix with the five or six guys who were with us here the last six months. I’m completely happy because it’s so much easier than I thought, it’s so easy and so nice to be a coach of these boys. “
Tuchel went on to emphasize that every returning player will get a fair shot to prove himself in training and open the door to the fringes of fringe players like Danny Drinkwater, Matt Miazga and Baba Rahman.
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“There are opportunities for all of us and this group deserves our full attention, and they get it,” he said. “I do not judge where you come from or what your history is, or what you earn or what your status is. I am responsible for this group so they get my 100%.
“I give everything, they give back, they make me smile, I give even more, it makes them smile, they give even more.”