Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia explains reason for giving Thomas Tuchel a new contract

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has been awarded with a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel was appointed as the successor to the sacked Frank Lampard in late January.

The German has been a resounding success so far in west London.

Tuchel led Chelsea to a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League, earning Champions League qualification.

He also masterminded victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last weekend.

The only blemish on Tuchel’s record so far was the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester last month.

Chelsea confirmed on Friday afternoon that Tuchel’s deal, which was set to run until 2022, has been extended by a further two years.

The statement said an agreement was made for that to happen upon his appointment in January if he met the club’s objectives.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has paid tribute to Tuchel’s start at the club and has explained the reasoning behind the new deal.

Granovskaia told the official Chelsea website: “When Thomas joined us in January there was still so much to play for domestically and in Europe. He slotted in seamlessly and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family.

“Returning us to the top four in the Premier League was crucial, and we could not be happier with our success in the Champions League which crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea.

“We are obviously extremely pleased therefore to retain Thomas for a further two years, and look forward to more achievements in the coming seasons.”

After signing his new deal, Tuchel outlined his excitement at the direction the club is heading in.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss said: “I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.

“There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”

Tuchel has won 19 games out of the 30 he has managed so far as Chelsea boss.

Speaking after the win over City in Porto last Saturday, the 47-year-old insisted the victory was just the start of something special.

“We have a strong group who can really defend and defending is a huge part of football,” Tuchel said.

“They have a huge energy together and they can deliver under pressure.

“So this sets the level for us and once the celebrations are over and we have all digested this experience, it’s the moment to grow, to evolve, and to use it to become better.

“A lot of young players had this huge success and now it’s a big challenge to stay hungry and to go for the next one.”