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Tuchel "happy" with "improvement" Sterling will bring to Chelsea FC.

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Tuchel is pleased with Chelsea’s acquisition of top target Raheem Sterling and is convinced the former Man City winger will blend perfectly into his side.

Tuchel is working closely with Chelsea’s new owner co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed Raheem Sterling was his main target and is happy with the signing of the England forward from Manchester City.

Sterling signed a five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge club, and Tuchel has no worries about the 27-year-old fitting into his Chelsea squad.

The west London side are also close to announcing the signing of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Serie A side Napoli.

"The stakes are high, and we are competing not only against the best teams who have ever played in the Premier League but also the best coaches," Tuchel Sky Sports News.

"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 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.

"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."

Tuchel also admitted that he is working with Chelsea’s new owner co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali to recruit only quality players.

"It started with analysing the last season, our performances, our squad, where we think we need to improve and can improve," said the German of Chelsea's 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.

"We have top players and even more importantly we have a top team. But if we bring players in we need top quality with top character and then you're talking about the very, very best who play this game.

"What we'll never forget is the mixture because what makes Chelsea special is the amount of academy players, and we'll never hesitate to give responsibility to them and push them because the mixture of it makes it special and exciting for me to be coach and part of it and this is the way to follow."

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