Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed that any forward including Cristiano Ronaldo is not a priority after completing the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City. He believes that the club needs to continue to bring in world-class talent if they want to bridge the gap between themselves and the best two teams in England. Chelsea has reportedly agreed on a fee with Napoli for defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
“The stakes are high and we’re competing not only against the best teams who have ever played in the Premier League but also the best coaches,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said about Cristiano Ronaldo. “If you [then] see the transfer period and quality of coach at Tottenham, if you see the same at Arsenal, at Man Utd, we know what the challenge is. It’s the toughest challenge you can [have]. We come from sanctions, we come from losing top-quality players, key players, we are a club in transition, in the transition of ownership, we were behind in the transfer race and we were behind in the table. So we have things to improve.”
“The signing of Raheem shows what we’re capable of doing, it shows the ambition of the club and the ownership and it’s good because we’re all here to win and compete,” he added. “We love to compete and we love the challenge at the very top. For that, we need signings of new quality players or otherwise, there’s no chance. It started with analyzing the last season, our performances, our squad, where we think we need to improve and can improve,” said Tuchel, explaining the recruitment process. It’s no secret we lost top players and we need to replace them. Even if they’d have stayed, we needed improvement to close the gap so we need now even more.”