Chelsea sacking was “too early”, says Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has said his sacking by Chelsea was “too early” and that he has fond memories of his time at Stamford Bridge.

The new board led by Todd Boehly wasted no time in dispensing with Tuchel’s services after a disappointing start to the season.

Chelsea have been excellent so far under his successor Graham Potter, but Tuchel has made it clear he believes he should have been given more time and that he very much wanted to stay.

Tuchel told Sportstar, a publication in India, where the German is currently taking time out, that he “loved every day at Chelsea” during his time there.

He added: “It came to an end too early for me, but it was out of my hands. This is also what you sign up for.”

Tuchel has been linked with a number of managerial jobs, including at Aston Villa, and is expected to return to the game before long – possibly in the Premier League.

But he added: “I haven’t made a decision yet. It is now time for me to take a break. Some clubs have been calling my manager but we agreed that he would not call me here for these past 18 days.”