Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s stance on Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham after appointment

Chelsea: New boss Thomas Tuchel in profile

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel views Mason Greenwood and Tammy Abraham as key players after being named as Frank Lampard’s replacement, reports say. The pair were both regulars under the former Blues boss. But his shock departure on Monday has led to suggestions they could be sold when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.

Chelsea confirmed the appointment of Tuchel on Tuesday, saying in a statement: “I would like to thank Chelsea for their confidence in me and my staff.

“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.

“At the same time I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football.

“I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”

With Tuchel now in charge, some have feared for Mount and Abraham – as well as Reece James.

The trio were all vital players for Lampard during his spell in charge but, with the 42-year-old now out of a job, their futures have become uncertain.

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But the Daily Mail say Tuchel will keep all three at Stamford Bridge, with the German viewing them as ‘key players’ for his reign.

Mount captained Chelsea for the first time against Luton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.

He was’t able to add to his two goals this season but he did impress, while Abraham bagged a fine hat-trick on the day.

Tuchel’s biggest task, however, will be coaxing the best from the struggling Timo Werner and Kai Havertz – who arrived from RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Both men have toiled in west London since their blockbuster moves, with Werner managing to find the net just four times in the Premier League this season.

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Lampard appeared at a loss as to how to cram the pair into his starting XI, despite their obvious talents.

And with Roman Abramovich wanting more bang for his buck, Tuchel will have to get them firing right from the start.

Meanwhile, Lampard has released a statement in the wake of his sacking – thanking the club and expressing his disappointment that things didn’t work out right.

The statement read: “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months.

“I hope they know what that means to me.

“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.

“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well.

“They are the future of the club.

“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.

“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.

“I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich also released a statement explaining his decision to sack Lampard, who he thanked for all his hard work.

“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said the Russian billionaire.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics.

“However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

“I would like to thank Frank for his work as head coach and wish him every success in the future.

“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished.”

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