Roman Abramovich: Thomas Tuchel insists he is 'STILL happy' to be Chelsea manager

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Thomas Tuchel insists he is ‘STILL happy’ to be Chelsea manager despite Russian owner Roman Abramovich being sanctioned by the government… with the German coach aware of the ‘noise’ after Jamie Carragher urged Man United to poach him

Thomas Tuchel showed the first public signs of solidarity since the UK government sanctioned owner Roman Abramovich by insisting he is ‘still happy’ to be manager.

On a day when Abramovich was named alongside other oligarchs on the UK’s sanctions list following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Tuchel’s future as manager came in to sharp focus.

Jamie Carragher urged Manchester United to look into poaching Tuchel from Chelsea with Chelsea’s future mired in uncertainty.  

But ahead of Thursday night’s game away to Norwich, Tuchel spoke of being ‘happy’ to still be Chelsea’s manager.  

‘I am still happy to be here and still happy to be manager of a strong team,’ he told BBC Sport. 

‘I know there is a lot of noise around. I don’t have another answer for you. Relief would mean we struggle with all the information and news out there. 

‘It is a big change from yesterday to today. At the moment it seems on the football side it is almost protected.

‘I feel privileged to have the chance to be involved in games, coaching and football that I love.’ 

Thomas Tuchel has looked to quell talk of him leaving Chelsea amid their ownership crisis

Thomas Tuchel has looked to quell talk of him leaving Chelsea amid their ownership crisis

Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned leaving him unable to sell Chelsea

Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned leaving him unable to sell Chelsea

A special licence allows the European champions to continue playing all of their fixtures – including at Carrow Road against Norwich on Thursday night – due to its status as a ‘significant cultural asset’, but only ‘existing ticket holders’ – including fans with season tickets – will be allowed to attend games. 

Tuchel’s future has been questioned given contract rebels Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen look likely to leave without the prospect of replacements being brought in and the German may found himself hamstrung with keeping the European champions competitive. 

For Carragher, while Manchester United have problems of their own, now is the chance to go and poach the FIFA Coach of the Year. 

‘Manchester United have been presented with the ideal opportunity to recruit the manager who should be their number one target: Thomas Tuchel,’ Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.

Tuchel will face many more questions about his own situation

Jamie Carragher (pictured) insists Manchester United should try to poach Tuchel as a result

Jamie Carragher (right) insists Manchester United should try to poach Tuchel (left) from Chelsea after the west London club was plunged into crisis on Thursday morning

The future of the Blues has been left up in the air with club activities severely limited

The future of the Blues has been left up in the air with club activities severely limited

‘Given the events at Chelsea, United’s decision to wait until the end of the season presents them with a choice no-one could have foreseen. One of the best managers in the world – the current FIFA coach of the year – must be top of their list.

‘Tuchel, like everyone else at Stamford Bridge, will have no idea what the future holds at his current club. No-one can offer him any assurances about how the squad will look at the start of next season given the club’s sale is on hold.

‘No manager wants to be working amid such a background of uncertainty. If he gets the chance to leave for a club of United’s stature, he must take it.

‘United can offer him the security and backing every top coach craves. Yes, it will seem a predatory move – taking advantage of Chelsea’s crisis – but from United and Tuchel’s perspective the more you consider it, the more of a no-brainer it is.’

More to follow. 

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