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Thomas Tuchel has been told Chelsea have a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with a move to Chelsea after the Blues failed in their efforts to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

According to CalcioMercato, the Dutchman is the ‘first name’ on the Blues‘ list of defensive recruits and the club could activate his €120million (£103million) release clause next summer.

A deal for the 22-year-old star may be important, too, especially if Antonio Rudiger – who has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid – decides to leave in the coming months.

De Ligt may even be secretly hoping for a move to Stamford Bridge as it will allow him to join up with his former teammate, Hakim Ziyech, a player he thinks – or jokes – is as good as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on his day.

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