‘I can run fast but I didn’t know I can play in that position’-Denis Zakaria responds on learning that Thomas Tuchel wanted to pay him as wing-back

According to football-london, Chelsea midfielder Denis Zakaria has responded with astonishment to former manager Thomas Tuchel’s suggestion that he may play as a wing-back for the club. Zakaria is surprised that Tuchel would make such a suggestion.


On the day that the transfer deadline passed, Zakaria made the move to the Blues from Juventus on a season-long loan with the option to purchase for about £26 million.

Since he arrived at Chelsea, he has not yet made his debut, therefore for his transfer to become permanent, he will need to demonstrate his worth.


On the other hand, he was taken aback when he learned that former Blues manager Tuchel had proposed that he might play Zakaria in the position of wing back.

The Swiss midfielder said when asked if he could play the role: “Oh, no, no, no,”

He continued: “I didn’t know (Tuchel said that). Ok, I can run fast but I didn’t know I can play in that position! I am a really flexible player. Yes, I can adapt myself. That’s also a good part of me. In the end, I am a midfield player first.”


Zakaria moved to Juventus from Borussia Monchengladbach in January for a transfer fee of 7.74 million pounds. However, he only played 15 times for the Turin club because of ongoing physical problems.

The possibility of the midfielder being moved to the wing back position is not something Graham Potter’s team has to worry about since they have other players who can fill that job.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Reece James is on his way to becoming one of the most highly rated right backs in Europe.


This season, he has appeared nine times across all competitions, scoring two goals and dishing out the same number of assists.

cesar Azplicueta, who is also the captain of the team, is known for his flexibility, which has allowed him to play a number of different positions in defense during the course of his career.

Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell provide a significant amount of depth to the left side of Potter’s defensive unit.


In the summer of 2022, Cucurella was purchased from Brighton & Hove Albion for a fee of £58.7 million. Since then, he has played eight times for the club and contributed two assists.

Chilwell has lately made his way back into the starting lineup and has played nine times, during which time he has contributed one goal and two assists.



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