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Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel admits he ‘fell into a trap’ by declaring interest in Erling Haaland

Thomas Tuchel admits he ‘fell into a trap’ by stating Chelsea’s interest in Erling Haaland and insists he ‘should have known better’ after claiming the Borussia Dortmund forward could play alongside Romelu Lukaku

  • Thomas Tuchel says he fell into a trap when talking about forward Erling Haaland
  • Tuchel said he was joking about Haaland possibly playing Romelu Lukaku
  • Haaland has scored 70 goals in 69 appearances for Borussia Dortmund so far


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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he “fell into a trap” when speaking of Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland this week.

Tuchel generally refrains from mentioning players from other teams, but upon receiving an award in Germany he claimed that Chelsea regularly spoke about the possibility of signing Haaland, although he admitted that a transfer seemed unrealistic.

Furthermore, Tuchel stated that he was joking about the possibility of Haaland playing alongside Romelu Lukaku.

Thomas Tuchel says he fell into a trap when talking about Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund

Thomas Tuchel says he fell into a trap when talking about Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund

Tuchel said Chelsea had discussed a move for Haaland, but a transfer was unrealistic.

Tuchel said Chelsea had discussed a move for Haaland, but a transfer was unrealistic.

Tuchel said Chelsea had discussed a move for Haaland, but a transfer was unrealistic.

As reported by objectiveTuchel said: ‘I fell into a trap. I got an award in Germany, an award from a newspaper. They gave me this award and they asked me about a player.

“Normally I never, never talk about other players, because I just never do. We were more or less teasing and I should have known better.

Because by making fun of that and being a good guy to answer a question … by getting this award, I’m joking about a double forward with Romelu. [Lukaku] in October and it looks like we made an offer. That was the context, but I should have known better. ‘

Haaland has made a phenomenal impact for Dortmund so far, scoring 70 goals in 69 games, and is arguably one of the most sought-after players in world football.

Chelsea boss says he was joking about playing Haaland alongside Romelu Lukaku (above)

Chelsea boss says he was joking about playing Haaland alongside Romelu Lukaku (above)

Chelsea boss says he was joking about playing Haaland alongside Romelu Lukaku (above)

The 21-year-old has frequently been linked to a move away from Dortmund, where his current contract has just under three years to go.

He reportedly has a £ 64 million release clause in his contract. Besides Chelsea; Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been linked with him.

Tuchel said Sport Bild: ‘We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, even during the transfer window. But then it seemed absolutely unreal and not feasible.

“We talk about him regularly, of course, because he is a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure in Dortmund, who is a great rival for us in the Champions League.”

Although they can’t call on Haaland, Chelsea have still posed a significant attacking threat so far this season, scoring 16 goals in eight Premier League games.

Lukaku, who rejoined the club in the summer, started the season well but has not scored in his last four league games before missing the Norwich game due to injury.

After securing Champions League glory last season, Tuchel is eager for more success this season, with his team currently at the top of the league.

Meanwhile, Haaland will be out of the game for a few weeks due to a hip flexion problem.

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