“We saw the potential” – Thomas Tuchel regrets the decision of player to leave Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted the club did everything to keep Tino Livramento at Chelsea.

The 18 year old right-back was highly rated at Chelsea and was named the club’s academy player of the year for 2020-21.

Towards the end of last season, the teenager featured on Chelsea’s first-team bench in Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Arsenal.

With a year left on his Chelsea contract, Livramento opted against extending his Chelsea contract and joined Premier League side Southampton.

“Yes of course he was highly-rated, we did everything to keep him here, to show him his future and his possibilities to compete for a position in our team,” Tuchel said.

“He decided to go, that was his decision and you sometimes have to accept. There are not hard feelings because we can show him possibilities and then it is on the player.

“He was of course competing with Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta on the right wing-back position. I think it was an ideal position to fight because the group wasn’t too big.

“There was a big chance for him to make it all the way. He decided to go and it’s fair enough, we wish him all the best.

“We saw the potential, he decided to go another way and fight for a place at Southampton.”

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