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Thomas Tuchel Tells Chelsea Duo To Delay Making Decision Over Futures

Nick Emms

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Thomas Tuchel Tells Chelsea Duo To Delay Making Decision Over Futures

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Thomas Tuchel has informed Chelsea pair Levi Colwill and Armando Broja that they should delay making any decisions over their future this summer.

Colwll’s future remains in doubt as the Blues are in the market for central defensive reinforcements following departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Kalidou Koulibaly has already arrived from Napoli this summer, while Jules Kounde is being heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge.

Levi Colwill in training for Chelsea on their pre-season tour of America. (Chelsea FC)
Levi Colwill in training for Chelsea on their pre-season tour of America. (Chelsea FC)

Tuchel previously admitted that it was too early to judge Colwill, who played his first 45 minutes of pre-season against Charlotte FC on Thursday morning (UK).

Speaking on the potential involvement of the 19-year-old in his squad for next season, Tuchel said: “With Levi, it is too early to give an answer. What I will say now, I maybe have to take back or give another opinion in a few weeks, I simply haven’t seen enough of him in our group.

“He got a bit of an injury and was out of training for several days.

"Once you are out it takes a while to catch up against especially those who aren’t used to that level.

"The fact he is still here is very easy, we don’t know him enough so he needs to stay here.

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"We need more impressions of him to get a better outlook on the situation. But like what Chalobah did last season, everyone is invited to do the same."

A similar situation is occurring with Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton.

A successful top-flight loan spell saw the Albania international attract interest, most notably from West Ham United.

However, Tuchel and Chelsea have frustrated the east London side this summer by their unwillingness to cooperate in transfer talks.

It has now been reported by Nizaar Kinsella of The Evening Standard that Tuchel has told both Colwill and Broja to hold off on deciding their futures.

Armando Broja on the ball as Reece James runs after him. (Chelsea FC)
Armando Broja on the ball as Reece James runs after him. (Chelsea FC)

The report continues to state that there is an offer of over £30 million on the table for Broja from West Ham, while Colwill has several admirers in the Premier League.

The central defender is attracting interest from, most notably, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.

It remains to be seen as to what the future holds for the youngsters, who will be handed their chance to impress Tuchel before a decision is made on their futures.

Broja has returned from the United States to undergo treatment after sustaining an injury during the pre-season camp, while Colwill will hope to feature against Arsenal before flying back to Cobham with the rest of the squad.

Topics: Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel, Football, Premier League

Nick Emms
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