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Chelsea boss Tuchel confirms failed Kounde move and delivers harsh truth to Barkley


Talking in detail about his first window at the club, the German also revealed attempts to secure an exit for Ross Barkley and admitted the former England midfielder faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel succeeded in bringing in Saul Niguez on loan on deadline day after breaking the club’s transfer record on £97.5million Romelu Lukaku.

But he was unable to land Kounde after Sevilla refused to lower their £68million asking price.

Chelsea will continue to monitor the France centre back ahead of a potential move in January or next summer – and Tuchel insists he is completely satisfied with his recruits.

“Marina was in charge and she is the best person who can be in charge,” he said of Chelsea’s transfer chief. “We were in contact and Petr Cech (technical and performance advisor) was in contact. Us three we knew about all the situations.

“We knew things can happen, things can happen late, and we were also very aware of the situation that, maybe, nothing happens at all.

“I assured everybody that I’m also happy if we cannot bring a player in. We will find the solution within the squad. We will push players within the squad.

“But it was clear we tried for Kounde and Saul and it was very, very late, but it was a very, very smooth transfer window because I had full concentration on training and on my team.”

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While Tuchel was satisfied with the addition of Saul, the Spain midfielder’s arrival has further damaged Barkley’s chances of forcing his way back into the picture at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old was expected leave on loan or in a permanent move this summer after spending last season at Aston Villa – but he now looks certain to be left on the sidelines until the window reopens in January.


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