Thomas Tuchel says there would have been other managers approached for the Chelsea job after Ralf Rangnick revealed he turned down a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were in search of a new manager following the departure of Frank Lampard in January. The west London side settled for Tuchel who went on to win the Champions League in his first season.
In his first press conference as United boss, Rangnick revealed he turned down an offer to take over at Chelsea.
"At the time, when Chelsea contacted me, they only spoke about the possibility of four months and no prospective of further than that."
"Here, we are talking about six and a half months and a two-year advisory role. If a club like Manchester United contacts you, you cannot possibly turn it down."
Tuchel on Chelsea job
"It’s a nice job to have in world football to be the coach of Chelsea," he said.
"You need to be realistic, of course, if you get the phone call you should be very aware that you are not the only one getting a phone call. Now I’m here and I’m happy."
On being in touch
"I haven’t spoken to him. If I did I would simply congratulate him but nobody needs advice from me."
"I have enough to do to get us in the right direction and this is where the focus is."
"Every situation is different, everybody does it in their own way, so he can prove himself now in a very big club and the biggest league."
The Blues are at the top of the table with 33 points, one above defending champions Manchester City.
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