Bayern Munich has set the record straight after rumors swirled that head coach Thomas Tuchel was eyeing the Barcelona job. The speculation arose after Xavi announced his departure from Camp Nou at the end of the season, and Tuchel, during a fan event, expressed his admiration for Spanish football.
“Moving abroad would appeal to me again,” the 50-year-old said. “Spain has an extraordinary league. From my perspective, and based on my experience working with Spaniards, they are characterised by a tremendous amount of self-confidence. When you speak with Spanish players, I quickly get the sense that you are engaging with the person.”
These comments were interpreted by some as Tuchel hinting at a potential move to Barcelona. However, Bayern Munich swiftly squashed those rumors, calling them “non-factual statements” and “false claims.”
“Our head coach Thomas Tuchel was asked by supporters on Sunday as part of a fan club visit about his coaching career and his previous experiences abroad at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea,” the club said in a statement. “He also answered general questions from fans about Spain as a footballing country. He never spoke about Xavi Hernandez and his successor, as was falsely claimed afterwards.”
Bayern Munich’s firm stance is understandable. Tuchel, despite facing some criticism for Bayern’s recent dip in form, is still highly valued by the club. He has led them to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final in his two seasons in charge, and they are confident he can turn things around and reclaim the top spot in the league.
The rumors linking Tuchel to Barcelona are likely just the beginning of a managerial merry-go-round in the coming months. With several high-profile jobs up for grabs, expect to see plenty of speculation and intrigue until the dust settles.