Chelsea transfer: Dembele’s message to Tuchel, Lukaku blow, Moyes makes Tammy Abraham admission

Ousmane Dembele-Barcelona

Dembele heaps praise on Tuchel

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has heaped praises on Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, stating that the German manager is the one who he loves to play under.

The French had previously worked with Tuchel at Dortmund.

Dembele said: “Thomas Tuchel really convinced me, he is my favourite manager.

“With Thomas Tuchel I played a bit more on the right side at the beginning of the season, and then I was moved more centrally, in the 10 position, sometimes even in the midfield three you see.

“And he told me to stay a bit more central, have an espresso as he used to say to me, the ball will come to you and then you will go.

“It would have been hard to leave Dortmund if Tuchel had stayed.”

Chelsea’s improvement under Tuchel has been manifest since he took over as they are currently in the semi-finals of the Champions League and competing for the top-four place in the Premier League.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, who is on the radar of the Blues, has stated he is willing to continue in Italy after winning the Serie A.

“I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the president and everyone. It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter.

“Last year was good too, but yes, this was the best of my career. It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.”

Tammy Abraham, who is down the pecking order of Tuchel, has been strongly linked with an exit this summer and is said to be rated at £40m.

West Ham are understood to be one of the suitors for the English striker but their manager David Moyes has revealed Abraham’s price tag is unaffordable for Hammers.

Moyes said: “It would rule us out completely. We will be ruled out. So if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.

“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no.”