Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel finally opens up on his discussion with Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley.
Thomas Tuchel has revealed what he told Chelsea outcast
Ross Barkley in talks about his future at Stamford Bridge.
Barkley, who has 33 caps for England, has struggled to
establish himself as a Chelsea regular since joining the west
London outfit from boyhood club Everton in 2018.
The 27-year-old has made 52 league appearances for the
Blues but has been unable to earn a regular starting spot and
spent the majority of last season on loan at Aston Villa.
Chelsea expected Barkley to thrive in the midlands and
possibly return to Stamford Bridge as a first-team player but
his performances under Dean Smith fell away.
Barkley is even without a Premier League squad number at
Chelsea and Tuchel admits he has been surprised by his slide
in recent seasons.
He is also asking himself the same questions and maybe all
of us here, to be honest, don’t have the answers,’ Tuchel said.
‘I’m sure that he worries a lot about the situation: “How can it
come so far that right now I’m in between the chairs and
don’t really know where I belong?”
‘Normally you expect somebody who goes on loan from
Chelsea to Aston Villa to be the main guy at Villa. Then he
comes back and takes the next steps. This has not happened,
so maybe there is a long way to go, but you never know.
‘What I did say was, “stay humble, get it off your shoulders, all
the opinions, all the expectations from everybody, all the past,
what could have been, if I did this, if I did that…’
‘At the moment he is part of the training group. Now it’s most
important that he accepts the situation.
‘He does not have to love the situation but he needs to
accept it in a positive way.’
Tuchel added: ‘He has the ability but this is not enough.
‘I saw so many players who can train on certain levels but
there is so much more to it, to becoming a regular Premier
League top player.
‘So let’s see. It’s never too late and I will give him the support
that I can. We need to wait and have patience.’
Barkley’s hopes of featuring regularly for Chelsea this season
were dealt a further blow when the club signed Spanish
midfielder Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.
Tuchel had targeted Saul at a previous club and was delighted
to sign the Spaniard on loan to bolster his midfield options.
‘It was pretty relaxed with a good outcome because in the
end it was possible to add Saul into the group which was a
key position for us to have more alternatives,’ the German
‘Saul has been on the radar for many years. I have known the
player for many years. I have fought with other clubs for the
player and it wasn’t possible.
‘When at the end it was possible to have a loan we were very
excited about it. We know the player very well. He’s in the
squad and we will have to see with Jorginho if it makes sense
that we put him into another 90 minutes.
‘Because Jorginho can never say no. When Italy calls, he can
never say no. Even when they’re 5-0 up, he still wants every
ball and runs, so he’s quite tired.
‘So it’s absolutely possible Saul plays for us because he has
the quality and the expertise and experience.’
European champions Chelsea are fourth in the Premier
League with seven points from a possible nine ahead of
Saturday’s home match against Aston Villa.