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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel held secret talks with new owner Todd Boehly ahead of FA Cup final

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and new owner Todd Boehly have held secret talks in the first meeting between the pair as the American billionaire prepares to complete his takeover of the club.

The meeting between the pair slid under the radar, with the topic of conversation also unknown. But it is likely to be centred around the crucial FA Cup final clash on Saturday that could see the Blues win their sole piece of silverware for the season.

Chelsea posted a tweet on Friday evening about their encounter that read: “Todd Boehly met with Thomas Tuchel and the men’s squad yesterday at Cobham. “Today, he met with Chelsea women’s team manager Emma Hayes and her staff and players, along with Head of Youth Development Neil Bath here at the club’s training ground.” It was announced last week that terms had been agreed for Boehly’s ownership to take over at Stamford Bridge in a mammoth £4.25billion deal.Going forward, the new owners are expected to revamp Chelsea’s home ground at Stamford Bridge, whilst also investing in the first-team squad, women's team and academy.

Tuchel will certainly be keen to raise the issue of summer signings over the coming months, especially with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen departing when their contracts expire at the end of June.Young prospects Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr are both capable of filling the void left by the star duo, although it would be no surprise for Tuchel to demand more proven acquisitions.

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