Speaking on Monday, Werner dropped a heavy hint that his future may lie away from the Blues, stating he could be happy elsewhere.

The German international has been asked to speak up on the field rather than off it by Tuchel, who has warned him to be appreciative for the opportunity to represent Chelsea.

The German striker has not lived up to expectations since moving to Stamford Bridge for £47.5 million from RB Leipzig in 2020. The arrival of fellow forward Raheem Sterling hasn’t done much to put an end to transfer rumors about the player, either.

Thomas Tuchel on Werner:
‘He should be GRATEFUL’

Tuchel acknowledged his shock at the remarks from his forward in a speech on Wednesday night.

‘I’m surprised, I would be very happy as a young guy having a contract at Chelsea football club. I would be one of the happiest people on the planet,’ he said after Chelsea’s pre-season penalty shooutout defeat at Charlotte.

He needs to get his game time. He has to show quality, take your place and defend your place.

‘I would be one of the happiest people on the planet having a contract with Chelsea. If he said this, I do not understand.’

Due to a hamstring injury, Werner was unavailable for the loss to Charlotte, although Tuchel maintains that he is still in his plans for the forthcoming campaign: ‘Sure, he is our player, sure,’ he said.