Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel spoke at a press conference on Tuesday as his side prepared for their pre-season friendly against Charlotte. Here are three important things we learned….
Armando Broja is unlikely to be sold
“I don’t expect Armando to leave. We are aware of offers and interest but he is our player. We will take the decision with the owners.
“When he arrived (for pre-season) it was clear he was trying to impress and be a Chelsea player as soon as possible.
“I am pretty calm about it because we know the situation and we have a contract.”
But another loan move looks likely
“We obviously have to weigh up our interests with the player’s interests. The question is: what is good for the players? Is there a prospect of getting minutes or is there no prospect of getting minutes?
“If there isn’t, then I think players like Armando who has already played in the Premier League, it’s not enough if they are only training with the group.
“Sometimes with young players like Harvey Vale there can be a transition from youth football to Premier League football and it can be OK for a year where you adapt to the intensity, physicality and speed in training.
“But at some point you need games and I think for Armando – players who already played in the Premier League – we have to look at the situation very carefully and decide if we have the minutes that we can offer that he continues to grow in his development or if it’s better to bring him into another loan to give him match minutes.”
No decision has been made on Levi Colwill’s future
“With Levi, it’s too early to give an answer. I simply haven’t seen enough of him in our group because unfortunately he got a little bit of an injury and was out of training for several days and it takes a while to catch up again.
“We don’t know enough, so he needs to stay here and we need to get further impressions of him.
“He had a good spell on loan and we need to think carefully at the end of pre-season (about) what’s best for him.”