Sporting boss Ruben Amorim responds to claims he was approached by Chelsea to replace Thomas Tuchel
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 10
The Portuguese is one of Europe’s highest-rated young coaches (Picture: Getty)

Ruben Amorim has reaffirmed his commitment to Sporting Lisbon amid suggestions he was approached by to replace .

The German coach was axed on Wednesday morning following the west London club’s shock 1-0 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb in the the previous night.

However, Tuchel’s dismissal was believed to be less down to his underwhelming results on the pitch and more to do with off-field issues and a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s new owners.

Just a few hours after Tuchel was given his marching orders, met with Todd Boehly in London and was officially appointed as the club’s new manager the next day.

However, reports in Portugal claimed Chelsea’s owners had been contemplating parting company with their Champions League-winning manager for some time and reached out to Amorim in the days leading up to Tuchel’s sacking.

Boehly put in a phone call to the Portuguese coach – one of European football’s highest-rated young managers – and also sounded out other managers, such as Mauricio Pochettino.

While Amorim did not confirm whether any talks took place, he was keen to stress how committed he is to Sporting and suggested he rebuffed the approach.

Chelsea moved very quickly to secure Potter (Picture: Getty)

Asked about the rumoured contact from Chelsea, the Sporting Lisbon coach told O Jogo: ‘The project I am in is the project I want.

‘I have another year and a half of contract; Chelsea have presented a coach for the next five years.

‘I am happy here and I am not thinking about another project.’

Potter, meanwhile, signed a five-year contract with Chelsea worth £10m per season, while the west London club also had to pay in excess of £12m to extract him and his coaches from their Brighton contracts.

Speaking about his move, Potter said: ‘I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

‘I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.’

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