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Thomas TUCHEL Will Retain faith in Chelsea youngsters but club still want to sign Haaland.



Chelsea announced new manager Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday night and the German said it ‘feels amazing’.

Following the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard on Monday, former Paris Saint-Germain coach Tuchel, has signed an 18-month deal with a year extension option.

Ahead of taking his first training session on Tuesday evening, Tuchel said: ‘I would like to thank Chelsea for their confidence in me and my staff. We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football.

‘I am grateful to be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!’

Stamford Bridge director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of

Europe’s best coaches. There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond.’

The 47-year-old wasted no time in getting on with the job on Tuesday as he met the players for the first time and took the club’s final training session in preparation for Wednesday night’s visit of Wolves.

The sacking of Lampard triggered concerns over the futures of the Chelsea academy graduates who thrived during his 18-month reign.

It is understood, however, that Tuchel views players such as Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham as key men in his Stamford Bridge revolution and he will continue to give Chelsea’s youngsters the platform to perform.

The club will back the German in the summer transfer window. They had already started to identify centre forward targets for next season, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland among those the recruitment staff admire.

A change of manager is unlikely to alter those plans to sign a new striker, but Chelsea are now set to drop their interest in West Ham midfielder Decan Rice.

Meanwhile, Lampard is likely to take a mini-break before considering his next managerial position, but remains determined to prove his worth as a top boss.

His No 2 Jody Morris expressed his disappointment at their exit on social media on Tuesday, posting: ‘It’s hurt twice previously that I’ve had to leave this great club, but it’s been on my terms and both times it was done with the bigger picture for me and my family in mind.

There was more support for Lampard from Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said: ‘One thing I know for sure is Frank doesn’t want any of us to feel sorry for him. I know his character and mentality and I’m sure he’ll bounce back and have a very good managerial career.

‘He went through a patchy spell, a short spell – not long ago they were top of the league. It’s the first dip of form they really had under Frank so I’m a little bit surprised.’

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, a former England team-mate of Lampard, said: ‘I did think it was an opportunity for Chelsea to really reach out and support him during this tough period rather than do what they have done. But Chelsea have got history for that, so it was no surprise.

‘But knowing the guy, he will be back in no time. He will dust himself down and get back involved. He will use this time to spend with his family.’

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