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Chelsea’s reported transfer target Julian Weigl has already given his verdict on Blues boss Thomas Tuchel. Reports from Portugal claim Weigl is being eyed by Chelsea as a potential alternative to West Ham star Declan Rice. The German knows Tuchel well having played under him at Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel brought Weigl to Dortmund from 1860 Munich in the summer of 2015.
He was one of his first signings as manager at Signal Iduna Park.
Weigl played a key role in his two seasons under Tuchel, making 94 appearances in all competitions, before the manager was sacked in 2017.
Weigl fell out of favour at Dortmund following Tuchel’s departure and was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
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PSG were managed by Tuchel and the midfielder revealed his admiration of his former coach at the time.
Amid rumours of a move to PSG, Weigl told Bild in 2019: “When PSG showed interest in me before the second half of the season, I naturally thought about my future.
“I wanted to improve my sporting situation, and people know I can work well under Thomas Tuchel. It’s no secret.”
Weigl is now plying his trade in Portugal with Benfica.
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Portuguese outlet O Jogo claimed on Wednesday that Chelsea are interested in signing the 25-year-old.
The report says Weigl would cost Chelsea around £25.8m, considerably less than the £68.8m West Ham would demand for Rice.
Tuchel’s spell in charge at Chelsea so far could not have gone much better than it has.
The 47-year-old led the Blues to a top-four finish, an FA Cup final and their second Champions League trophy.
Following the 1-0 win over Manchester City in Porto last Saturday, Tuchel explained his desire to ensure the Champions League win was only the start of his success.
“We have a strong group who can really defend and defending is a huge part of football,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference.
“They have a huge energy together and they can deliver under pressure.
“So this sets the level for us and once the celebrations are over and we have all digested this experience, it’s the moment to grow, to evolve, and to use it to become better.
“A lot of young players had this huge success and now it’s a big challenge to stay hungry and to go for the next one.”
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