Operations at the club have changed significantly following the Russian billionaire’s exit
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he has a “intense” relationship with the club’s new American owners after the Todd Boehly-led consortium took over from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Boehly has been described as a practical force since securing a £4.25 ($5bn) billionaire deal for the Stamford Bridge club with investment group Clearlake Capital in May.
The American, who also co-owns the LA Dodgers baseball team, has been an integral part of Chelsea’s summer transfer deals following the departure of several Abramovich-era stalwarts following the sale of the club.
This included chairman Bruce Buck and manager Marina Granovskaia, the latter having effectively managed the club for Abramovich in recent years and negotiated player deals.
Technical and performance adviser Petr Cech – a legend from his playing days at Stamford Bridge – also recently quit.
Speaking from the United States, where Chelsea are on a pre-season tour, manager Tuchel detailed how things are now working with Boehly.
“The relationship [with the owners] is very intense, very close, which has to be – because without Petr and without Marina, it’s a big change in the daily structure and communication”, Tuchel told the BBC.
“I am much more involved. I have to take responsibility. I think in the long term or even at the end of the pre-season, I will want to play more of a coaching role again.
“But at the moment it’s important to improve our squad, to bring players to stay competitive because we want to compete for a minimum of the top four.
“As Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United act in the transfer market for weeks and months, we have to be smart, we have to be quick and we have to find solutions. It’s my job to help.” added the 48-year-old.
It has been reported that Boehly is ready to sanction transfer spending of up to £200m this summer as Tuchel looks to strengthen his squad.
This week saw the first major signing of the post-Abramovich era when Chelsea unveiled England winger Raheem Sterling, who arrived from Manchester City for a fee of up to £50million.
Elsewhere, a deal for Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly close, although Chelsea missed out on centre-back Nathan Ake after Manchester City decided against a deal.
Tuchel also chose not to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo, although Boehly was reportedly intrigued by the prospect of the Portuguese superstar’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
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After 19 years as owner, Abramovich was forced to put Chelsea up for sale in early March, shortly before being sanctioned by the British government for his alleged links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Chelsea themselves have been placed under operational restrictions, and Tuchel told the Daily Mail that there have been “crazy times” amid the uncertainty surrounding the club towards the end of last season.
“It was a very strange situation for a club used to an absolutely exceptional level, organization and support normally”, added the German.
New owner Boehly was seen speaking to the Chelsea squad in the United States this week, and Tuchel told the Mail he was in touch with his US boss. “directly on a daily basis.”
“Sometimes more than once a day because we are aware that we have a club in transition and change,” said the Blues manager, who guided Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League title in 2021, followed by the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup crowns.
“My concern is for the team to be competitive and for that we have to invest a lot of time and we have to be active. There is no other way.”
Chelsea will face Mexican side Club America in a pre-season meeting at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas this Saturday as they continue their preparations ahead of the new campaign.