Tuchel outlines Abraham contract stance as Chelsea striker’s deal runs down

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is unaware of whether there are ongoing talks to extend Tammy Abraham’s contract and insisted that he does not want to be involved in contract situations.

Abraham has just over two years left on his current deal but negotiations about an extension have reportedly been ongoing for over a year.

The Blues activated an option to extend his deal by another year last season and when asked about the situation ahead of Chelsea’s game against Newcastle, Tuchel said: “I’m not aware of the contract situations of my players because I don’t want to be involved with judging this when I’m making the decisions of who’s playing and who’s not.

Tammy Abraham has just over two years remaining on his current Chelsea contract but negotiations are said to have been ongoing for more than a year

“He deserved to play at Barnsley. He had a difficult game against Burnley at home so he suffered from a tactical shift at half-time and did not play against Tottenham and Sheffield United.

“That’s why he deserved to play because he is a very positive guy, very clear, very ambitious. I like that he made his way on the loans and overcame obstacles in his career when he went on loan.

Thomas Tuchel has praised Tammy Abraham but insists he is “not aware” of any contract negotiations

“He always scored for his teams. He was always there. He has the spirit to make it at Chelsea. This is one of the toughest challenges you can face but he is ready for that.

“He played well at Barnsley because he did not only score the decisive goal but was also very important in defensive set pieces, he cleared many situations for us with his head.

“He was absolutely ready to suffer and for that, he has all my credit. It’s a good new start for him to step up and show that he is important for us.

“There is no perfect striker out there. There are a lot of dangerous guys out there, a lot of strong guys out there and we have some in our squad.

“Does it help if we look now to any other squad and have the feeling that the grass is greener on the other side? No, because we have guys here who can score.”

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