Bayern Munich respond to Thomas Tuchel exit talk after Barcelona link | Football

Thomas Tuchel was linked with a shock switch to La Liga giants Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Bayern Munch have dismissed reports linking Thomas Tuchel with the soon-to-be vacant Barcelona job after comments the German made at a fan event.

The Catalonian club will soon begin their search for a new head coach after Xavi announced he intends to step down at the end of the season.

Tuchel sent alarm bells ringing the following day at a Bayern fan club event when he spoke about his desire to move abroad again and his enjoyment of working with Spanish players.

However, Bayern have now shut down the rumours linking Tuchel with a move to Barcelona, claiming his words had been misrepresented.

‘On Sunday, as part of a fan club visit, our head coach Thomas Tuchel was asked by supporters about his coaching career and his previous experiences abroad at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, and naturally provided information about this during the discussion,’ the statement read.

‘He also answered general questions from fans about Spain as a footballing country. He never spoke about Xavi Hernández and his successor, as was falsely claimed afterwards.

‘We will no longer accept such unobjective statements directed against our coach, which always come from the same place.’

Xavi Hernandez head coach of Barcelona sitting on the bench during the Copa del Rey match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on January 24, 2024.

Xavi announced will leave Barcelona at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Elsewhere, reports from Spanish publication Sport claimed that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was considering leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, with Barcelona a potential destination.

However, the club and Arteta have strongly denied these suggestions, with the Spaniard labelling them as ‘upsetting’ and ‘totally fake’.

‘What I read yesterday I don’t know where it’s coming from. I’m really upset about it,’ he added, speaking at a press conference on Monday.

‘I could not believe it. I don’t know where it’s coming from. I think we have to be very careful when you talk about personal things especially.

‘I’m in the right place.’


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