Thomas Tuchel wants Chelsea’s new owners to buy two

Thomas Tuchel is facing major changes in his Chelsea defense this summer

Thomas Tuchel faces major changes in his Chelsea defense this summer (EPA)

Thomas Tuchel will recommend that Chelsea’s new owners sign two new defenders this summer, according to reports.

Tuchel announced on Sunday that Antonio Rudiger will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Chelsea are also ready to lose Andreas Christensen, who has reportedly agreed a move to Barcelona as a free agent this summer.

Champions League holders also face the prospect of losing captain Cesar Azpilicueta, whose contract also expires at the end of the campaign.

According to The Telegraph, Tuchel wants Chelsea to bring in two new defenders to compensate for the departure of Rudiger and Christensen.

Sevilla’s Jules Konde, who was close to joining Chelsea last summer before the Spanish club raised their price in the final phase of the transfer window, remains on Tuchel’s shortlist.

Jules Konde from Seville

Jules Konde was close to joining Chelsea last year (REX / Shutterstock)

Villarreal’s Pau Torres has also been identified by Chelsea as a player who could provide a solution on the left side of Tuchel’s three-man defense, although Manchester United are also keen on the Spanish international.

According to Sky Germany, Tuchel is also an admirer of RB Leipzig’s center-back Josko Gvardiol.

The 20-year-old Croatian defender is reportedly seen by Tuchel as Rudiger’s potential replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly set on RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol (Reuters)

However, Chelsea have been forced to suspend their transfer plans following the club’s sanctions due to Roman Abramovich’s ownership.

Tuchel also claimed over the weekend that Chelsea’s sanctions played a role in their failure to reach an agreement with Rudiger.

“We fought hard,” Tuchel said.

‘I fought hard on the personal level. We gave him great deals and the club tried everything.

‘But in a few weeks we can no longer fight because we have the sanctions. We can not adjust. We can not continue, and then that’s what it is.

‘He deserves my full support because he delivered incredible performances right up to today.

‘I’m just glad I had the chance to coach him and have him on the team. For he was nothing but brilliant. ‘

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