Antonio Rudiger confirms he will leave Chelsea by the end of this season.
The German defender has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and PSG in the past few months.
He will leave the Blues when his contract expires in the summer.
“Toni, the media is on it,” Tuchel told Sky Sports. “The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk.”
The Blues are under a special license and the club couldn’t agree to the German’s demands.
“We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but out hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision,” Tuchel explained.
“He is a key figure and will stay that way until the end of the season. But it is disappointing. We will miss him a lot. He gives courage in the dressing room. The kind everyone is afraid of, but the kind to play 50-55 games at an outstanding level.
“He is a top defender in the last one and a half years for me. We then need to find another solution.”