Thomas Tuchel wishes Tino Livramento stayed longer at Chelsea.
The 18-year old defender was named the club’s academy player of the year for the 2020-21 season.
The teenager played in crucial first-team matches against Arsenal and Man City last sesaon.
He decided to join Southampton in the summer and has already impressed Ralph Hasenhuttl this season.
‘Yes of course he was highly-rated, we did everything to keep him here, to show him his future and his possibilities to compete for a position in our team,’ Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference.
‘He decided to go, that was his decision and you sometimes have to accept. There are not hard feelings because we can show him possibilities and then it is on the player.
‘He was of course competing with Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta on the right wing-back position. I think it was an ideal position to fight because the group wasn’t too big.
‘There was a big chance for him to make it all the way. He decided to go and it’s fair enough, we wish him all the best.
‘We saw the potential, he decided to go another way and fight for a place at Southampton.’