Thomas Tuchel ready to block striker’s move

Armando Broja
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Chelsea striker Armando Broja is attracting serious interest from various Premier League clubs.

The young striker impressed on loan last season with Southampton, and he’s now being targeted by some top Premier League sides.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, two bids have already been submitted by West Ham for Broja, with other Premier League sides also showing interest in the Chelsea striker.

Broja himself is believed to be keen on a move away from Chelsea, as he wants first team football.

Ahead of the first pre-season game on Saturday evening, Tuchel has said that Chelsea doesn’t want to sell their Albania international and encouraged him to impress in the United States.

However, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has vowed to block an exit for the young Albania international.

“Armando is our player first of all and we have, at the moment, no interest in selling him,” Tuchel told reporters.

“He is here to make an impression after he was on loan in Southampton.

“That’s his situation from where we look up front. It’s good if there’s interest as it shows us there’s talent and potential. It shows us that he is in the position to impress and become a Chelsea player.

“When will he become a Chelsea player? No one knows but hopefully as soon as possible.

Tuchel went on to reveal that Broja suffered a minor injury in training.

He said: “He got injured and there’s a delay for him which is never nice because a young player should normally make an impression from the first minute in pre-season.

“Now we have a bit of a delay in that but that’s the situation.

“He had a like a little accident yesterday in training with the ball control and landed funnily on his ankle and Achilles,” he added.

“He is in pain but nothing is injured – we did the examinations. He is lucky that he did not get injured.

“We are lucky and happy that he did not injure himself. He is in treatment.”

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