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Ruben Amorim responds to claims he was approached by Chelsea | Football

The Portuguese is one of the top-rated young coaches in Europe (Image: Getty)

Ruben Amorim has reaffirmed his commitment to Sporting Lisbon after Chelsea suggested they replace Thomas Tuchel.

The Germany coach was ruled out on Wednesday morning after the west London club’s surprise 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League the night before.

However, it was believed that Tuchel’s dismissal was due less to his stunning results on the pitch and more to problems off the field and a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s new owners.

Just hours after Tuchel received his marching orders, Graham Potter met with Todd Boehly in London and was formally appointed as the club’s new manager the next day.

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

Boehly got on the phone with the Portuguese coach – one of the highest rated young managers in European football – and also checked with other managers like Mauricio Pochettino.

Although Amorim did not confirm if talks took place, he wanted to emphasize his commitment to Sporting and suggested rejecting the approach.

New Chelsea boss Graham Potter

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

When asked about the alleged contact with Chelsea, the Sporting Lisbon manager told O Jogo: “The project I’m in is the project I want.

“I still have a year and a half left on my contract; Chelsea have unveiled a manager for the next five years.

“I’m happy here and I’m not thinking about another project.”

Potter, meanwhile, signed a five-year deal with Chelsea worth £10m a season, while the west London club also had to pay more than £12m to pull him and his coaches out of their Brighton contracts.

Of his move, Potter said: “I’m 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 developing a team and a culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for giving me this opportunity and in particular to Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support throughout my time at the club.”

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