Top manager reveals why he rejected Chelsea offer to take over from Frank Lampard before appointing Thomas Tuchel

Ralf Rangnick has claimed that Chelsea wanted to bring him in as their new interim coach before turning to Thomas Tuchel.

Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge on January 25, with Tuchel drafted in as his replacement having been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain the previous month.

Ex-RB Leipzig boss Rangnick was also touted as a contender for the role at one stage and he has now confirmed that the Blues offered him the chance to step into the dugout on a caretaker basis.

But the German manager said he did not wish to take up a short-term project.

Rangnick told The Times of his negotiations with Chelsea: “I said: ‘I would like to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach.”

Asked if he would be open to taking up a different position in the Premier League in the future, he added: “it would have to be something special. It depends on the club and whether you want to work with a German coach.”

Rangnick has matched wits with Tuchel many times over the years and has nothing but praise for his countryman, and his assistant, Zsolt Lőw, who worked directly with Rangnick at RB Leipzig before joining Tuchel at PSG in 2018.

Rangnick added: “If you watch Chelsea now you see a mutual plan for when they have the ball or the other team have the ball. Thomas is tactically on a very sophisticated level.

“Zsolt Low was my player and assistant coach at Leipzig and plays a vital role in his staff and you can see from the way he interacts with players Thomas also has great leadership skills. Appointing him was a top solution. I can only congratulate Thomas and Chelsea for the choice.”

Thiago Silva’s son identifies his favourite Chelsea player

Thiago Silva’s son Iago has named Mason Mount as his favourite Chelsea player aside from his father — and the Blues fans would love it.

The 36-year-old centre-back arrived at Stamford Bridge on a free tranfer last summer and has since grown into a fan favourite.

Silva has established himself as an important player in the team that when he is fit, he is arguably one of the first names on the team sheet.

But not only Silva, but his family also seem to found themselves growingly attached to the west London outfit.

In last November, Silva’s sons Isago and Iago started training with the Chelsea academy.

Even the younger brother Iago already has his favourite Blues star now.

“My favourite Chelsea player, without being my dad, is Mason Mount,” the Iago said on his mother’s Instagram account as cited by

Both Isago and Iago also picked Chelsea as the team they support, while the rest of the family picked Brazilian clubs instead.