Chelsea line up Thomas Tuchel as Antonio Conte's replacement

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has been lined up as Antonio Conte’s replacement at Chelsea, according to sources in Germany.

Tuchel left the Westfalenstadion in May after two years in charge of the Bundesliga giants and has been touted for the Blues hotseat before.

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However, the reports have resurfaced this morning in respected German newspaper Bild centring on Conte’s relationship with Chelsea.

Yahoo Sport UK exclusively revealed last week that the Blues manager’s relationship with the club’s hierarchy was becoming increasingly fractious.

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Close friends of the Italian remain unsure as to how long he will remain at the Stamford Bridge helm.

Conte’s relationship with director Marina Granovskaia is said to be the root cause of the problem as Chelsea’s transfer activity has left the boss frustrated.

Granovskaia was reportedly furious with the coach for his handling of the Diego Costa issue, having personally overseen the deal to sign the player in 2014.

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Tuchel is now thought to be the man to pick up the pieces despite Chelsea’s recent morale-boosting victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

Bild claims the Chelsea board were already in discussions over Conte’s future before the result and the three points have not changed their mood.

Tuchel is known for his work with young players and Conte’s insistence on signing more experienced stars is an irritation to Chelsea chiefs.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has also been considered for the role but his Tuchel’s grasp of the English language gives him the edge.