Thomas Tuchel has refused to discuss Chelsea’s transfer plans this summer amid speculation linking the club with moves for Erling Haaland and Dayot Upamecano.
Tuchel has made a positive start to his reign at Chelsea and remains unbeaten in four games ahead of tonight’s FA Cup fifth round clash at Barnsley, the former Paris Saint-Germain head coach moving the west London side within one point of the Champions League places.
Speculation has already centered around potential moves in the transfer market this summer as Tuchel looks to reshape the squad into his style, with the Blues having been linked with big-money moves for both Borussia Dortmund star Haaland and RB Leipzig defender Upamecano.
Tuchel remained coy on potential new additions when asked specifically about those two players, however, insisting there is a ‘long way to go’ in the current campaign before talk of incomings arriving at Stamford Bridge.
“I can understand your interest in that question and I can understand the interest of every fan and supporter to talk about these subjects,” Tuchel told a press conference ahead of today’s FA Cup clash with Barnsley.
“I am also always a fan and interested in what is going on. But now is February. There is a long way to go. As you know me or maybe get to know me better, I will not talk about other players publicly when they are under contract.
“This is the kind of respect we show to them but show first of all to our players. We think about our central defenders and our strikers first and we push them to the limits. Everything else will be decided behind closed doors.”