Thomas Tuchel send message to Mount and Gilmour over their Chelsea futures

Thomas Tuchel has praised Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour and reassured the Chelsea duo they have futures at Stamford Bridge under his management.

Both Mount and Gilmour have been linked with loan moves since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager.

Lampard identified Mount as one of his most important players – first at Derby County and then at Chelsea – and the England international captained the side in their FA Cup win over Luton Town last weekend.

He was dropped for Tuchel’s first match in charge against Premier League rivals Wolves, however, sparking even more speculation over his future in west London.

Gilmour was a regular on Chelsea’s bench under Lampard but missed out entirely on Wednesday night, as Tuchel instead opted to include outcasts Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri in his first matchday squad.

Asked about his early snub of Mount and Gilmour and whether that decision suggests anything about their futures at the club, Tuchel said: ‘I wanted to take the weight off their shoulders.

‘When I told them, they were absolutely sure they can handle the wait. I have no trusts issued but I wanted to give the responsibility in this special moment to a bit more experienced players.

‘There is nothing to worry about, I like what I see from Mason, from his personality which is amazing, such a nice guy, such a talent.

‘He leaves his heart on the pitch. He cares for Chelsea 100% and he gives everything every time he plays. I’m very, very happy to have him around and I will not stop pushing him and guiding him and trusting him.

‘For Billy, the same. He’s in a different personal moment so maybe the decision for Mason was the toughest.

‘I have a good impressive of Billy. He is a very strategic guy, very, very high level of game understanding.

‘Very good in the first contact, very, very clever in positioning. We will se if he has the physical level to play at the highest level, we will see that but he is super quick with his feet and decision-making.

‘Very, very good in positioning so for me, we have 21 or 22 field players available, and playing in three competitions there is no need for us to get rid of players.’

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