Jonathan Clauss rejected Chelsea as Blues didn’t ‘tick all the boxes’

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Jonathan Clauss has declared he didn’t join Chelsea in the summer because the move would not have ticked every box he was looking for. The France international instead moved to Marseille and is enjoying life at the Ligue 1 club.

Chelsea were in the market for a right-back in the summer and Clauss was strongly linked. Cesar Azpilicueta looked set to leave the club and join Barcelona.

However, Azpilicueta was persuaded to stay at Stamford Bridge and the Blues turned their attention away from signing a right-back. Clauss, 29, only made his international debut earlier this year.

He arguably enjoyed the best two campaigns of his career in his final two seasons at Lens. And ahead of France’s Nations League matches against Austria and Denmark, he has explained why he chose to join Marseille over Chelsea.

Clauss claimed he was not going to be guaranteed game time if he did make the move to west London. He told Infosport+: “I didn’t want to sign for Chelsea to one day say I signed for Chelsea.

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“It was really to try and keep playing, to discover the Champions League. Marseille ticked all the boxes I was looking for.”

Chelsea spent big in the summer under their new ownership. Todd Boehly splashed out around £270million on new signings.

However, they now have a new head coach following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. Graham Potter was appointed earlier this month as Tuchel’s replacement.

Chelsea are on the search for a new sporting director and Potter has distanced himself from playing a big part in recruitment. He said: “I have always thought I am a head coach.

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“My job is to help the football club. I have always taken that approach.

“I was lucky in Sweden I got the chance to build a football club and what I learned from that is the club is always the most important thing. We’re just here to serve the club and do our best.

“Kyle [Macaulay] is really important in terms of recruitment. Conversations between ownership and the board can be had via him and as you can imagine those conversations are time consuming, so he’s really important for me.

“Not to say that I don’t try to help the club with decisions around transfers but my main job is to help the guys that are here and help them improve, put a team on the pitch that our supporters are proud of.”

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