Thomas Tuchel refused to rule out a swoop for Erling Haaland as transfer talks continue for the Borussia Dortmund striker.
Chelsea are desperate to land a new No9 this summer to bolster their attack – with the Norwegian, 20, their primary target.
Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola – who could bag up to £25million from any deal – have held discussions with Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain before heading to England to meet with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
But Tuchel did not give anything away when quizzed on any potential meeting between Haaland’s representatives and the Blues.
The German said: “I will not answer that, out of respect for the player and for Borussia Dortmund.
“He’s a Borussia Dortmund player, and of course there’s big news around him and his agent. And it seems like they are creating a race for the player.
“But still everybody needs to accept, and I will fully accept, that he is a Borussia Dortmund player, a very promising player of course.
“But with respect to the situation, he’s not in our squad, he’s not in our club so there’s no comment on anything else regarding him.”
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has finally come to express his displeasure over the club’s home defeat to West Brom on Saturday.
The west London club’s unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel was abruptly ended by the visitors who thrashed the Blues 5-2 after Thiago Silva received a red card in the first half of the match.
Zouma implored the Chelsea players to accept the disappointment of defeat to West Bromwich Albion and move on quickly to bounce back against Porto.
He admitted it was difficult to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong, having conceded just two goals in Chelsea’s previous 10 Premier League games combined.
The defender told the club’s website that: “I don’t know what happened. After the international break, maybe a loss of focus, maybe a lack of commitment, but in a game like that you have to always be 100 per cent. Why we didn’t play 100 per cent I don’t know.
“There are days when it’s not your day. Everyone’s very disappointed, there’s not much I can say. Maybe we weren’t focused enough, maybe West Brom wanted it more than us, but I don’t think that’s possible. You have days like that where nothing goes your way.
“You have to learn from everything. In football you have to give your all every time on the pitch. We learn there maybe tactically, from mistakes on the ball, without the ball too. We will analyse it calmly and then move on from there.”
There will be little time for reflection from the Blues though, which could turn out to be a blessing or a curse, as the club will soon be back in action with a massive game on Wednesday against Porto.
“The result speaks for itself,” added the Frenchman. “Everyone is very disappointed, but it is just one game and we need to get back to what we were doing before the international break and hopefully we will get back to it as soon as possible.
“There’s no time to find excuses. We didn’t win the game, we lost badly, and it’s a very difficult game to swallow, but we have to because we’ve got another game in midweek and we have to prepare for that.
“We have to bounce back. We have to react strongly and this is what we are going to do.”