Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea clause can see him trigger new contract

Thomas Tuchel will be offered a contract extension by Chelsea – but only if he keeps the club in the Champions League.

That is among a series of performance targets reportedly included in Tuchel's contract after he took charge of the Blues last week.

Chelsea travel to face Tottenham on Thursday in Tuchel's third game in charge after replacing sacked Frank Lampard.

It is a huge game for both clubs' top-four aims, with Spurs and Chelsea level on points in sixth and seventh places respectively, having both topped the table earlier in the season.

For Tuchel, Champions League qualification is a must – not least because an extension to his current 18-month contract depends upon it.

That's according to a report from the Daily Mail, which says one of Tuchel's targets is to keep Chelsea in Europe's top club competitions for the next two seasons.

The publication says it is part of a move by Chelsea towards incentivised contracts, in a bid to avoid the huge compensation pay-outs the club has shelled out to managers in the past.

Since owner Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, Chelsea have paid an eye-watering £110million to sacked managers.

Lampard was the latest to get the chop following a poor run which saw the Blues plummet down the table – although it is thought the club's all-time record scorer will only be paid to the end of this season due to the terms of his contract.

Tuchel admitted before Sunday's 2-0 win over Burnley that he had initially been reluctant to accept an 18-month deal at Stamford Bridge.

But the Mail claims he was swayed by the knowledge he could trigger an extension by ensuring consecutive top-four finishes.

"At first it was a concern, I was a little like, 'Oh, why 18 months?" said Tuchel ahead of the Burnley game.

"But after only one minute I thought, 'What does it change?' What does it change if they give me four and a half years? They could sack me anyway.

"If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they'll pay me."

Sunday's win over Burnley followed a 0-0 draw against Wolves in Tuchel's first game at the helm last week.

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