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Tuchel ready to stay at Chelsea as 10 potential buyers show interest 

THOMAS Tuchel says he has “no problem” remaining Chelsea head coach despite Roman Abramovich’s plan to sell up, insisting he “loves everything about the club”.

Tuchel, who was appointed under Abramovich’s ownership in January 2021, admits the owner’s decision to sell has created “uncertainty”, but has no doubts about his own future.

Asked if he would have a problem remaining at Stamford Bridge, the head coach said: “No, the opposite of a problem staying here.

“I said many times that I love working in the Premier League, I love to be in England and feel the tradition and the love for sports in general and football in particular. It’s an amazing place to be.

“Chelsea is, for me, the perfect fit. I love to be here, I love everything about the club and hopefully it continues.”

Meanwhile, up to 10 parties are considering making bids for Chelsea, with investment bankers working on the sale expecting most of the interest to come from the USA.

Russian, Chinese and Middle Eastern money has been behind the acquisition of many English clubs over the past two decades but everything has changed since the Chinese government’s crackdown on foreign investment and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Current owner Roman Abramovich – who has set a £3 billion asking price – wants to make sure the club is sold to someone or a group who will carry on his policy of investing in the squad with a view to redeveloping Stamford Bridge or building a new stadium.

Abramovich has loaned Chelsea £1.5billion since he bought the club in a £140million deal in 2003. Chelsea’s latest accounts show a turnover of £416 million and a loss of £145m after tax for the year to 30 June 2021.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss wants to sanction Abramovich but the National Crime Agency needs to prove a link to Vladimir Putin before the government can take action.

Sky Sports

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