Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes new contract vow after Blues seal FA Cup final spot
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Thomas Tuchel has suggested that he would be more than happy to sign an extended deal at Chelsea after leading his side to a place in this year’s FA Cup final. The Blues ended Manchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple with victory in Saturday’s semi-final clash, with Hakim Ziyech scoring the only goal of the game at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea will face Premier League high-flyers Leicester City in next month’s final, with the west London club able to scoop their second FA Cup triumph in four years with victory.
The occasion will mark a golden opportunity for Tuchel to claim his first piece of silverware since replacing Frank Lampard in January.
The German boss has transformed the club’s fortunes during his short spell in charge, steering the Blues back into the hunt for a top-four finish.
Tuchel has also led an impressive Champions League campaign, with Chelsea sealing their place in the competition’s last four thanks to a narrow aggregate victory over Porto earlier this month.
Although the 47-year-old is a recent appointment, he only signed a one-and-a-half year deal with the club upon his arrival to keep him at Stamford Bridge until the end of next season.
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In the wake of Saturday’s FA Cup heroics, Tuchel admitted that he would like to extend his stay, revealing his personal mission to prove that he is worthy of the managerial position on a long-term basis.
“If I deserve to stay, I am super happy to stay, and I will try to stay as long as possible,” he told reporters.
“I feel a part of the Chelsea family. The club is super professional, we have unbelievable quality of support, amount of support and we have a team which is pleasure to be on the sideline with.
“It is a pleasure to fight with this team. So I don’t care what it says on my contract, I need to deserve to stay longer. If I deserve to stay longer, then I will stay longer.
“This is what I demand from myself. I feel free at the moment, I feel good. I’m in the right place at the right moment.
“Everything will fall into place when it is there, and if I want to stay longer I need to deliver week in, week out.”
Tuchel previously admitted that he initially had reservations over the length of his current deal, but acknowledged that the cut-throat nature of the job means that contracts stand for very little in practice.
Shortly after his official unveiling in January, he said: “At first it was a concern, I was a little like: ‘Oh, why 18 months?’
“But after only one minute I thought, what does it change? What does it change if they give me four and a half years? They could sack me anyway.
“If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they’ll pay me.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not exactly known for his patience regarding managerial decisions, with the Russian billionaire having spent in excess of £110million on early dismissals since taking over at Stamford Bridge in 2003.
Tuchel is believed to have been the club’s first choice to replace Lampard, although RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and his predecessor Ralf Rangnick were both considered for the role.
It remains to be seen if the Blues will show faith in their man by offering him a contract extension, with their stance highly likely to be dependent on continued success between now and the end of next season.
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