Chelsea have handed Thomas Tuchel a two-year contract extension as reward for leading the club to Champions League glory and, in a surprise move, have extended Olivier Giroud’s deal by a season.
Tuchel signed an 18-month contract when he replaced Frank Lampard in January, but the German convinced the club to insert a clause stating that he would be given another two years if he won the Champions League or the Premier League.
Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City in Porto triggered the extension and Tuchel, who has also earned an increase on his £7m-a-year salary, has vowed that there is “far more to come” after committing his future until June 2024.
“I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal,” Chelsea’s manager said. “I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family. There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”
The next steps were expected to be taken without Giroud, who has been peripheral under Tuchel and will be 35 in September. It was anticipated the striker would depart on a free transfer but Chelsea revealed on Friday that they had extended his contract back in April. “With so much still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April,” said the director Marina Granovskaia. Giroud could yet leave this summer.
Chelsea have also triggered an option to extend the 36-year-old defender Thiago Silva’s contract to June 2022 and started moves to trim their squad by releasing the goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Milan are set to buy Fikayo Tomori for £25m, Tammy Abraham is available and Fiorentina have been linked with Tiémoué Bakayoko.
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The next challenge for Tuchel will be to help Chelsea end Manchester City’s domestic supremacy. He will be handed funds and has said that he wants two or three signings. He is targeting the Internazionale striker Romelu Lukaku and wants to strengthen his midfield by signing West Ham’s Declan Rice. The Inter right-back Achraf Hakimi has also been monitored. The Wolves winger Adama Traoré is another option if Tuchel tries to increase his options on the right flank.
Tuchel, who has been living in a hotel for the past five months, hopes for a long stay at the club. He plans to move into a house this summer and will be joined by his family, who have been living in Paris.
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