Tuchel explains why he didn’t let two players leave the club

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Before the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, a number of players were expected to leave the club either on loan or a permanent exit before the close of the January transfer window.

There were rumoured exits for Chelsea youngsters Billy Gilmour and Tino Anjorin, but the new boss decided to keep the duo.

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Explaining his decision, Tuchel said: “That was maybe the most comfortable transfer period in my life as a professional coach.

“I was in only a few days, I was happy with every guy that was out there on the pitch, there were no big injuries.

“So there was no need for one minute to think about bringing players in. It was the opposite, we decided to keep Tino Anjorin and Billy Gilmour with the group because I like a lot what I see from the two guys.

“Billy is very, very close in terms of quality and work ethic and personality.

“So we decided very quickly. It was not even a decision, it was simply clear that we go with this group going forward.”

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