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Thomas Tuchel Respond To Armando Broja’s Contract Situation

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists it’s not the right time to discuss the future of Armando Broja but says the striker is “our player.” Broja is currently enjoying a season-long loan at Southampton, where he has racked up seven goals in 20 appearances.

The Blues have made a habit of sending youngsters elsewhere on temporary deals and currently have a staggering 21 players out on loan.

The pick of the bunch Conor Gallagher has been in imperious form for Crystal Palace this term, while Broja has made a name for himself down on the south coast.

The Albanian forward, whose solitary Chelsea first-team appearance came as a late substitute in a 4-0 Premier League win over Everton in March 2020, has shown he has the ability to succeed at the highest level.

He grabbed his first Premier League goal in October when he netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Leeds United before notching a week later against Burnley.

The 20-year-old has also found the back of the net during games against Brighton, Crystal Palace and Brentford and has become a regular starter for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.

On the international front, the striker has already played 10 times for Albania and netted in three consecutive games in the autumn as they finished third in their World Cup qualifying group behind England and Poland.

And Broja’s prodigious talents have led Southampton to reportedly approach Chelsea over the possibility of making the deal permanent.

Tuchel was asked about selling Broja ahead of his side’s Premier League trip to Brighton.

And the German was full of praise for the young ace – but he said the west Londoners aren’t thinking about the player’s future at this stage.

“He’s our player and he’s doing good, but at the same time it’s only half a season, so he needs to continue to improve and to make his statement at Southampton,” Tuchel said.

“We have a reason why they are our players, they have quality and mentality and now they are out there on their own in different environments and clubs, and proving themselves.

“Armando’s getting better and better, he’s a very unique player with unique strengths in his game – he has speed, he’s robust and he’s a goalscorer.

“First of all now is not the moment to discuss about the summer – it’s the moment for him to stay calm and keep on improving.”

Broja, who was born in Slough and joined Chelsea at under-nine level, signed a new deal with the Blues last summer and is contracted to stay in the capital until 2026.

The Saints will therefore need to stump up a significant amount of cash if they are to turn the Blues’ heads.

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