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Thomas Tuchel signs new contract after Champions League glory

The London club announced on Friday that Chelsea has extended the contract of manager Thomas Tuchel until 2024 after the German manager won this season’s Champions League. Tuchel took over in the middle of the 2020-21 season after Frank Lampard was ousted by the Premier League club and the German advanced to the top-four ranking as well as the FA Cup final. His team also won the Champions League with a 1–0 win over Manchester City in Porto.

“I can’t imagine a better opportunity to renew my contract. I am grateful for the experience and I am very happy to be part of the Chelsea family. There is much more to do and we look forward to the next steps with ambition and great anticipation,” Tuchel said.

Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in January with an initial 18-month deal with the prospect of an extension, which was awarded six days after leading Chelsea to Champions League glory. With the 47-year-old’s coaching, Chelsea has lost just five of 30 matches, including a 1-0 FA Cup final loss to Leicester City last month, and has scored just 16 goals in all competitions.

Club director Marina Granovskia said: “Thomas completely penetrated and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family. The return to the top four in the Premier League has been significant and we could not be more pleased with our success in the Champions League, which has crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea.”

Along with this, The Blues has also extended the contracts of Brazil defender Thiago Silva and French striker Olivier Giroud for a year until the end of the 2021/22 season. Silva, 36, was signed on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain on a one-year contract in August last year and has featured 34 times for Chelsea in all competitions. Chelsea said they had exercised the option to extend Giroud’s contract in April. The 34-year-old was their top scorer in the Champions League this season with six goals.

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