The 32-year-old Chelsea captain’s contract expires in a year and Azpilicueta has reportedly asked the club to let him return to Spain and sign for Barcelona, Sky reported.
Tuchel said he was unsure if he wanted to give Azpilicueta what he wanted and thought Barcelona had undervalued the defender, compared to the £33million signing of Kalidou Koulibaly, who Chelsea bought from Napoli this month.
Asked if he was annoyed by Barcelona’s attempts, Tuchel replied: “Maybe a little.”
Asked further about Azpilicueta’s future, the Chelsea manager said: “It’s a difficult question because I’m not sure if I want to give Aspi what he wants.”
“It’s also about what we want.” I compared how much we fought for Koulibaly, who is a representative and the same age as Azpilicueta. He was a very important player for Napoli, but we have a Spanish footballer who is the captain of Chelsea. I mean on the same level, but Barcelona don’t see it that way. He is an important player,” he said.
Tuchel added that at Stamford Bridge there is not much thought about other clubs, but that Chelsea do what is needed.
“That’s what I told him, and I’m telling you, that I understand on a personal and professional level. But I’m not here to give him what he wants, I’m the Chelsea manager who wants to do what’s best for Chelsea and he doesn’t like it, but he understands. It is difficult for him because another club is constantly chasing him. (After the end of the transfer window) on September 1 when things calm down he will play at the highest level. “said the German coach.
“I understand his desire, concerns, thoughts about his career and personal life, but he is also our captain, a great captain, a legend and a winner. I don’t see many reasons for him to give up all his qualities as a coach. Tuchel said.
German media are speculating that Timo Werner wants to leave Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t think so, I don’t know anything about it. Timo didn’t talk to me about it. I think he wants to break into Chelsea and wants to prove himself”, said Tuchel.
Werner moved from Leipzig to Chelsea for £45m in June 2020 and has made 89 appearances in all competitions scoring 23 goals.
Last season he started 15 matches in the Premier League and scored four goals.