Tuchel on Zouma talks, transfers, Lukaku impact & Liverpool test

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been speaking to the media before Saturday's Premier League match away against Liverpool.

Here are the key lines from his news conference:

  • Tuchel confirmed Chelsea and West Ham are in negotiations over the sale of Kurt Zouma, but the defender is currently in France dealing with personal issues;

  • Chelsea are happy with their squad, Tuchel said, but negotiations with players are "going on". He added: "We still have some ideas and we are trying. Not all decisions are taken";

  • Tuchel said if Juventus forward Ronaldo ends up joining an English top-flight side it will be good for the Premier League and shows how competitive it is, but it would "make life harder for Chelsea";

  • Playing Liverpool at Anfield is one of the toughest challenges you can face in European football, he said;

  • The contest between Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk excites Tuchel and, he thinks, "many fans of football". "For Romelu it is a big challenge. He had a very good start. We knew we were getting a big experienced player. He loves these matches.”