Tuchel responds to Haaland, Upamecano Chelsea links

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has played down rumours linking the club with moves for Erling Haaland and Dayot Upamecano.

Haaland’s £68million release clause becomes active in the summer of 2022, but Dortmund may be forced into selling their star striker at the end of this season if they don’t qualify for the Champions League.

Upamecano meanwhile, will be allowed to leave RB Leipzig for £38million this summer.

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Chelsea are among a host of top European teams linked with both players, but Tuchel insists he won’t talk publicly about potential future signings out of respect for their current clubs and his own players.

Tuchel told ESPN: “I can understand your interest in that question and I can understand the interest of every fan and supporter to talk about these subjects.

“I am also always a fan and interested in what is going on. But now is February. There is a long way to go. As you know me or maybe get to know me better, I will not talk about other players publicly when they are under contract.

“This is the kind of respect we show to them but show first of all to our players. We think about our central defenders and our strikers first and we push them to the limits. Everything else will be decided behind closed doors.”

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