Tuchel coy over futures of Giroud and Silva

Thomas Tuchel has insisted that no decisions on Thiago Silva and Olivier Giroud will be announced for the time being.

Both players are approaching the end of their contracts at Chelsea, who face Manchester City in this weekend’s Champions League final.


The club are set to take up an option to extend Silva’s contract at Stamford Bridge by a year.

But there are doubts over the future of Giroud, who has been linked with a number of clubs.

Blues boss Tuchel said: “We have another week together and then I think everything is delayed because of obvious reasons.

“We speak, of course. I am in contact with the board and they know about my opinion.

“But it’s not the moment now to give any announcements. The club will announce these things and not the coach and it’s good that it’s like this.”

Speaking at a press conference, Tuchel also revealed that N’Golo Kante is on course to be fit to face City, while Edouard Mendy also looks likely to be available.

Goalkeeper Mendy suffered a rib injury at Aston Villa, where Kante was absent because of a hamstring problem.

Tuchel explained: “There is no change with N’Golo. It looks good and I hope it stays that way.

“For Edou, the update is that we still have hope that he joins the group.

“He made a huge improvement with the management of pain. We will have a further update on Wednesday.

“Edou will play if he is fit. If he’s not fit on Wednesday we will try on Thursday and we will try on Friday.

“At the same time we have trust that if he cannot make it then we have a strong guy on the bench with Kepa, who will take his place.

“So now the race is on. We are very happy that the images don’t show that the injury is serious, so at the moment we are positive.

“Every hour counts now and every day counts. Hopefully the team around Edou and he himself can do enough and he will be on the pitch.”




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