Tuchel reacts to reports £1.19 Trillion backed group could buy Chelsea from Roman
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reacted to rumours of a bid from Saudi Arabia and has suggested he would rather the new owners are less controversial
On Monday, reports emerged suggesting Saudi Media Group had made a £2.7billion offer for Chelsea, but there has been alot of headlines suggesting that is a deal that the Premier League may not let happen
The Premier League faced a massive backlash when Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund were allowed to buy Newcastle United, with LGBTQ+ rights not recognised in the country and their human rights records under increasing scrutiny.
If the Saudi Arabia bid for the club is successful, Tuchel will undoubtedly face yet more political questions and while the German coach would prefer for that not to be the case, he suggested journalists should be directing their questions at the right kind of people
Asked if Saudi Arabian ownership would mean he needs to continue his role as a Chelsea ‘ambassador’ and result in more non-football questions, Tuchel replied: ‘Yeah, but before we discuss a new owner a new owner needs to arrive.
‘And a new owner needs to be approved and a new owner needs to be allowed to own the football club, and then we can discuss about it if it’s necessary to discuss about it.
‘But then again, maybe I’m not the right person because there is a process about how you become an owner in this league.
‘And, of course, like I said to you after the last game, everybody relies on the reliability of the process and on the values which are behind the decision and the permission to own a club and to run a club.
‘Did I have a choice [to become an ambassador for Chelsea]? No I did not have a choice to also take this role. Do I need it? No.
‘But listen, it’s more or less day-by-day. It’s like this in England that not a lot of people in general in sports are talking at a football club. It’s a structure that I really appreciate, we talk inside. Of course we have people who are in charge of different roles and different responsibilities.
‘But to the outside it’s more or less just me who talks. Was it always comfortable? No. But I think it’s necessary.
‘I don’t think too much about it. I try to be honest and I try to give you an insight and I try to provide you with information, but more or less still from a sporting side, and from a coach’s heart.
‘This is what I try and this is maybe what you can rely on. And I’m more than happy if things calm down and we can talk more about football – more than happy.’
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