As the American billionaire prepares for his takeover, the Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel met with Todd Boehly in secret.
It was not obvious that the meeting took place. The topic of the conversation was also unknown. It is expected to revolve around Saturday’s crucial FA Cup final match, which could see the Blues take home their only piece of silverware this season. Chelsea shared a tweet about the encounter on Friday evening that said: “Todd Boehly met with Thomas Tuchel and the men’s squad yesterday at Cobham.
“Today, he met with Chelsea women’s team manager Emma Hayes and her staff and players, along with Head of Youth Development Neil Bath here at the club’s training ground.” It was announced last week that terms had been agreed for Boehly’s ownership to take over at Stamford Bridge in a mammoth £4.25billion deal.
Going forward, the new owners are expected to revamp Chelsea’s home ground at Stamford Bridge, whilst also investing in the first-team squad, women’s team and academy. Tuchel will be keen to bring up the topic of summer signings in the months ahead, particularly with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger leaving at the end June.
Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah, both young prospects, are capable of filling that void left behind by the star duo. But it would not surprise Tuchel to ask for more proven acquisitions. While the Blues attempted to sign Jules Kounde through January’s transfer window they were unable to make a deal. But, talks with Sevilla could be reopened.
While Tuchel remained tight-lipped over his impression of Boehly, Chelsea Women’s manager Hayes described the American as the ‘perfect fit’For Chelsea, his passion for the club already shining through. She said talkSPORT: “I had lunch with Todd, he watched the girls train, I had a really lovely couple of hours with him.
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“[He was] delightful, really passionate, he’s just a normal down to earth guy, really passionate about Chelsea, he loves Chelsea. He’s ambitious, as we are, and it’s a perfect fit. I saw him at one of the games he went to at Stamford Bridge but he was upstairs and I was downstairs!”
Tuchel on the other side is focused entirely on the match against Liverpool and avoided discussing the new ownership during his pre-match press conference. He stated: “We have a chance to win something tomorrow domestic.
“We have been to a Carabao Cup final and a World Club Cup. There are teams who have had worse seasons out there.”