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Report that Chelsea approach Tuchel to replace Conte false: Club sources

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Chelsea have not looked into replacing Antonio Conte with ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, club sources have told Goal.

German newspaper Sportbild had reported contact between Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Tuchel over an upcoming vacancy at Stamford Bridge , as Conte’s frustrations grow over transfer market issues.

The report also added that Conte disappointed Granovskaia over his handling of Diego Costa, who was told over a text message that he is no longer needed at the club and as such left the Premier League champions in a difficult position when it came to selling the Spain international striker.

However, the report has been denied by Chelsea who remain confident that the relationship between their manager and directors can keep moving the club forward.

Conte is thought to have had some disputes over transfer matters at Stamford Bridge this summer and has spoken openly about it at recent press conferences.

He has also stated his commitment to being Chelsea manager for many years and  hopes to be still leading the club when they move into a £500million refurbished stadium in the next few years.

Chelsea are working on several transfers with Conte’s plan in mind. The club are targeting Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, Inter’s Antonio Candreva and Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose with just eight days of the summer transfer window remaining