Chelsea rival coach speaks after club makes move to sign Tuchel

Manchester United caretaker Ralf Rangnick has dismissed talk of interest in Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

With the Blues in limbo after the UK government’s sanctioning of owner Roman Abramovich, the future of Tuchel has come into sharp focus and he is being linked with United.

However, Rangnick said on Friday: “It doesn’t make sense to even think or suggest that Tuchel will join Manchester United.

“I like his style, he is a top manager. Now he is the head coach of Chelsea.

“There are questions related to the owner of this club, but now it does not make sense to speculate that he will be a candidate for a job at Manchester United in the summer.”

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Abramovich clear to sell Chelsea; bid deadline set.

Roman Abramovich’s plans to sell Chelsea remains on track.

The 55-year-old was added to the United Kingdom’s sanctioned individuals list on Thursday in a move which threatened to derail his attempts to offload the club.

He announced he was ready to end his 19-year tenure at Stamford Bridge at the start of March amid calls for Russian oligarchs to living abroad to face repercussions in the wake of Vladimir Putin ‘s invasion of Ukraine.

Sanctions imposed on Abramovich left the Blues doubting whether they would be able to finish the season even though they were issued with a sporting license to continue football-related activities.

However, in a major boost to Chelsea fans, the sale of the club may proceed after a deal was struck with government officials.

The Telegraph says Abramovich has instructed The Raine Group – the merchant bank overseeing the sale – to continue the process of finding a buyer and completing a takeover.

According to the report, Chelsea and Raine officials have held talks with the government to agree the use of funds raised by the sale, as well as the buyer themselves, will require authorisation from on high.

A deadline of next Tuesday has been set for first bids to be submitted as Abramovich hopes for a swift sale.

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