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Thomas Tuchel opens up on Chelsea’s failure to sign Jules Kounde


Chelsea were unable to get a deal for the Frenchman over the line (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has praised Chelsea’s summer transfer efforts despite missing out on Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

After wrapping up a deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, the Blues sought to make further additions at the back and in midfield in order to bolster their Premier League title challenge.

The club ticked one of those boxes in bringing in Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.

But they were unable to get a deal for France international Kounde over the line, with Sevilla holding firm on their £68m valuation.

But Tuchel believes the work overseen by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and her team have left the club in a very good position.

Tuchel still satisfied with Chelsea’s business (Picture: Getty)

‘Marina was in charge and she is the best person who can be in charge,’ Tuchel said.

‘We were in contact and Petr Cech (technical and performance advisor) was in contact. Us three we knew about all the situations.

‘We knew things can happen, things can happen late, and we were also very aware of the situation that, maybe, nothing happens at all.

‘I assured everybody that I’m also happy if we cannot bring a player in. We will find the solution within the squad. We will push players within the squad.

‘But it was clear we tried for Kounde and Saul and it was very, very late, but it was a very, very smooth transfer window because I had full concentration on training and on my team.’


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