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Tuchel makes claim on Chelsea future after Abramovich meeting

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Thomas Tuchel met Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for the first time after winning the Champions League.

Thomas Tuchel has revealed a new contract could be on its way for him after leading Chelsea to Champions League glory.

The German replaced Frank Lampard in January on an 18-month contract and transformed the struggling Blues into a formidable outfit, resulting in a top-four Premier League finish and European success.

Kai Havertz’s first-half goal in Saturday’s Champions League final was enough to bag a 1-0 win against Manchester City and a first trophy for Tuchel in only his 30th match as Chelsea manager.

The former Paris Saint-Germain coach met club owner Roman Abramovich for the first time on the pitch and later dropped a promising update on his future.

“I’m not even 100 per cent sure, but maybe I have already a new contract with that win,” said Tuchel as per Sky Sports.

“My manager said something about it. I did not know, but let’s check this first. I spoke to the owner [Roman Abramovich] right now on the pitch, which was the best moment for a first meeting!

“…Or the worst as from now on, it can only get worse! We will speak tomorrow, we will speak later, but I’m looking forward to this.”

From lifting Chelsea from ninth to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League, reaching two cup finals, and winning Europe’s biggest club competition, Tuchel has been a revelation.

But while pleased with his achievements, the 47-year-old is far from done yet with his work at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel added: “I can assure him [Abramovich] that I will stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy as a part of a really ambitious club and a strong part of a really strong group that suits my beliefs and suits my passion for football at the moment perfectly.

“My desire is to go for more victories, and my desire is to grow as a coach. My desire is to push the group from the first day of the next season to the limit.

“We have work to do and we have to close the gap. This is what I am all about so it will be nice to meet him a bit closer. We’re in constant contact but not personal.

“He knows what’s going on from me directly but now it’s nice to meet him.”

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