Thomas Tuchel insists he’s happy at Chelsea despite Roman Abramovich sanctions

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has spoken publicly for the first time since Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.

The Russian oligarch has had his assets frozen and is now unable to sell Chelsea unless he doesn’t benefit from a deal, and the government will have to approve of the transaction regardless.

The Blues will continue to operate under a special licence but have been hit with a number of restrictions, including a transfer embargo and the inability to sell further tickets and merchandise.

Tuchel addressed to the media prior to Chelsea’s Premier League match with Norwich on Thursday, and spoke calmly about the ever-changing situation at Stamford Bridge.

“I don’t know if I’m concerned, but we’re aware of it – and it changes almost every day,” he said.

“We can’t do much about it, I’m still happy to be here and manager of a strong football team. I’m happy to play the match today, I know there’s a lot of noise around but we try our best to focus on football.

“It’s a big change from yesterday to today, but we can’t influence it and we didn’t cause the situation. In the moment, it seems like business is more or less well protected, football wise, but let’s see – it could change tomorrow. 

“It’s not a relief, I feel privileged to have the chance to be involved in games and coaching and that’s what we can do.”

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