Club sale; Tuchel left surprised by the Chelsea board’s decision in the club sale process but he fully trusts those involved.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has reacted to the club’s decision to extend the deadline for the four remaining consortia in the battle to buy the club.
After being offered opportunity to meet with Chelsea board members and tour the club’s facilities this week, the four shortlisted bidders were due to submit their final offers by Monday, April 11th.
The Raine Group, the New York-based investment firm in charge of the sale, has reportedly informed potential purchasers that they now have until the second half of next week to make a decision.
It’s also becoming increasingly doubtful that the deal will be finalized by the end of the month, as had been intended.
Tuchel, who reiterated his limited role in the process, was apparently surprised by the decision.
“Oh I did not know this,” the manager said in Friday’s press conference when asked about the extension of the deadline for the final bids.
“No… it is what it is.
“It’s the process, and I’m sure that the people who take care of it; our board, the government, and the people who made the bid, are aware of the urgency.
“It’s not my business, actually, [so] it’s not an upset. As I said before, I’m not involved in the daily process of that.
“So, it’s not a new concern.”
Tuchel also argued that his team had shown that the uncertainty over the club ownership situation did not affect their performance on the pitch.
“We proved that it’s not like this, so why should it be different now?” he added.
“Nothing has changed for us in our life, here in Cobham, the training ground, and the preparation of the games.
“I don’t look for any excuses in these circumstances.”