According to several media outlets, one of the reasons for Thomas Tuchel’s expulsion from Chelsea is related to his refusal to recruit Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. A prestigious recruit that owner Todd Boehly wanted.
“Tuchel said no to Ronaldo”. These headlines in the English press published in the heart of July would hide one of the reasons for Thomas Tuchel’s expulsion from his position as Chelsea manager on Wednesday. The German was sacked from his post the day after his side’s defeat in Zagreb (1-0) in the Champions League and after a difficult start in the Premier League. According to The Athletic and The Telegraph, his fate was sealed before this bout began. His future even seemed suspended for several weeks.
Tuchel would have thought that Ronaldo would have destroyed the mood of the locker room
According to several British media and the German tabloid Bild, one of the reasons for Tuchel’s ouster is linked to his refusal to recruit Cristiano Ronaldo. Eager to compete in the Champions League (which he won’t do with Europa League-only Manchester United), the Portuguese player has been announced at several European clubs this summer. And Todd Boehly, the new owner of the club replacing Roman Abramovich, was very motivated by the idea of offering the fivefold Ballon d’Or. Not Tuchel.
The latter would have argued that the presence of the world superstar would have unbalanced his workforce. “It will destroy the mentality of my locker room”, he would have replied to the American businessman. A categorical refusal lived badly by the latter, who had initiated discussions with the super agent of “CR7”, Jorge Mendes. What a cold on the relationship between the two men. More generally, Tuchel would not have argued that new responsibilities were assigned on the team’s transfer window, placing him in a role of sporting director that he did not want.
According to the British media, a distance would have stabilized, the owners believing that the coach could have facilitated some transfers more. The failures of the signatures of Raphina and Jules Koundé would have been lived badly. Despite this, the Blues have invested a lot to strengthen themselves (the most popular club in Europe this summer), without obtaining any results for the moment. Tuchel is also the latest victim of the major cleanup carried out by the club’s new senior executives since he took office. Graham Potter, currently living in Brighton, is expected to succeed him.