Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been discussing Tammy Abraham’s situation at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham has been linked with a move to Aston Villa this summer with Premier League rivals Leicester City, West Ham United and Arsenal also credited with an interest.
The striker has been out of favour with Tuchel since the German replaced Frank Lampard in January and was left out of the matchday squad for the FA Cup final and Champions League final last season.
Abraham is expected to leave Chelsea before the end of the transfer window, which closes on August 31 at 11pm, and reports on Tuesday claimed that Italian side AS Roma had agreed a £34 million deal to take the player to the Stadio Olimpico.
Romelu Lukaku’s impending arrival at Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee means Chelsea will likely look to sell Abraham, who is said to prefer a move to a Premier League club.
Abraham is a fan favourite at Villa after scoring 26 goals for Dean Smith ‘s side in 2018-19 and helping the club to promotion.
However, a move for Abraham is unlikely at this stage for Villa who signed Danny Ings from Southampton last week to bolster their ranks up front.
“He was clearly not happy with the last half a year and he has maybe a reason not to be happy,” Tuchel said of Abraham at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Villarreal in Belfast on Wednesday.
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“Maybe it was my fault not to push him and trust him at the same level as other players. I can understand he wants more minutes, so the decision will be how do we plan?
“What are Tammy’s plans? Does he fight his way back into the team from the position he ended last season? Or does he want to change the club to one where he has a better chance of being a starter?
“I can understand and this is the situation. It’s quite a normal situation until the transfer window is closed. Tammy is one of the players where we constantly evaluate the situation and adapt to the needs.
“There is no news now, he is available for the starting XI tomorrow or to come off the bench.”
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