“He stepped up” – Tuchel admits Chelsea player has changed the club’s transfer plans

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has hinted that Trevoh Chalobah’s performances so far this season have changed the club’s January transfer plans.

Chelsea were expected to renew interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde in January after the club failed to reach an agreement with the Spanish side in the summer but Tuchel has now cast doubt over a potential move for Kounde due to the emergence of Chalobah.

“I think every transfer period you need to evaluate again because you cannot say what we wanted in the summer we do in the winter or the next summer. It is not like this,” Tuchel said.

“Your opinion changes, players change, you have evolvement in the group. You have atmosphere that you build, you see who is absolutely reliable and these connections build up and create something special, hopefully, in the group.

“So you cannot say what we tried in the summer did not happen so we will try again for sure in the winter.

“Sometimes it is like this if we see the same need, but clearly Trevoh is now here with us and he deserves to be here with us. It had nothing to do with if we can sign another central defender or not.

“But he stepped up. The responsibility was even more on his shoulders and he can handle it so far in a very impressive way.

“This is the situation and it has an effect on our next decisions in the next transfer period. It is always like this.”

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