Thomas Tuchel Reportedly Says No to Bayern Munich; Arsenal Talks Ongoing

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2018

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 27: Head coach Thomas Tuchel of Dortmund gestures during the DFB Cup final match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund at Olympiastadion on May 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has reportedly decided he will pick a foreign club as his next destination, rather than take over as Bayern Munich boss from Jupp Heynckes.

According to Christian Falk of German tabloid SportBild, the tactician has his mind set on an international adventure:

Christian Falk @cfbayern

Exklusive: @TTuchelofficial says no to @FCBayern +++ He will go to an international top-club abroad +++ Thomas Tuchel sagt nach Anfrage Bayern ab +++ Er geht zu einem Topklub im Ausland +++ by @cfbayern @BILDamSONNTAG @SPORTBILD

As shared by football writer Chris Williams, SPORT1 reported he's engaged in talks with Arsenal, but such a move would come as a surprise:

Chris Williams @Chris78Williams

Given the frosty relationship that ended Tuchel’s time at Dortmund this would be a big surprise. Sven Mislintat and Tuchel didn’t speak for months after the failure to sign Oliver Torres from Atletico..

Heynckes, who plans on retiring at the end of the season, previously appeared to back Tuchel, even though the latter seemed an outside contender at best. Per ESPN FC's Mark Lovell, he complimented the 44-year-old earlier this month:

"Thomas Tuchel has the quality to coach Bayern. I rate Thomas Tuchel. He has continued the progression from the youth teams at Mainz. That is the stairway to success that you must take, learning the correct approach and people skills.

"Under Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund played excellent football with a good system—all of today's modern footballing elements were there for everyone to see. Tuchel's side finished runners-up, won the DFB Pokal and played attractive football. I had fun watching BVB, that's why I respect and rate him as a very good trainer."

While Dortmund played excellent football at times under Tuchel, the club were seemingly glad to see him leave at the end of last season. Per Lovell, there were numerous reports he fell out with the board and also had a rocky relationship with defender Mats Hummels, who has since returned to Bayern.

Tuchel hasn't coached since he departed the Signal Iduna Park but has been linked with several jobs, mostly in the Premier League. Arsenal have been linked more than any other club, and ESPN FC pundit Shaka Hislop believes he would be a great fit, per Lewis Winter of the Daily Express.

But as noted by the report, the Gunners' current head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, formerly worked under Tuchel at Dortmundand he too had a rocky relationship with the coach. 

Everton have also been mentioned as a possible destination, per Sky Sports News.


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