CHELSEA have opened talks with Thomas Tuchel to double the length of his contract as boss.
The manager who won them a second Champions League title has two years left on his current contract.
But negotiations are already underway to add two more seasons as a reward for his success and commitment.
The outspoken German stuck with Chelsea even when the club’s existence was in doubt earlier this year.
Tuchel was adamant he would not leave when former owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prompting an emergency takeover.
Since then, new owners led by American tycoon Todd Boehly have arrived and the pair are forging a strong working relationship.
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Tuchel has spent more than £100m on new signings Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella and doesn’t want to stop there.
Barcelona pair Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and Everton star Anthony Gordon are being targeted as Tuchel tries to build a new era of glory at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel initially signed a 17-month contract with Chelsea when he took over from the sacked Frank Lampard at the end of January 2021.
He began a three-year extension after leading them to a second European crown that summer with victory over Manchester City in Paris for which he was named UEFA Manager of the Year.
Victory in the European Super Cup was followed by victory in the Club World Cup in February, the only major trophy that had so far eluded Chelsea.
Just over a year later, the new consortium in charge have been very impressed with Tuchel’s qualities and leadership and want to further tie his future to the club.
Ambitious Chelsea are planning for the long term in their bid to upset the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League.
Tuchel lost both domestic cup finals against Liverpool last season but is still regarded as the man who has led Chelsea into a new era of consistent success at home and abroad.
Talks on a new deal are at an early stage.
But the board are hopeful they can convince Tuchel to sign a contract that will keep him as head coach until 2026 at a club where only two managers have lasted more than two years since Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge in 2004
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