Bayern Munich are having an eventful week. They are working in the transfer market until the deadline day to strengthen the squad, while players and Thomas Tuchel visited several fan clubs. Tuchel’s praise for La Liga during one of these fan meets led to rumours linking him to FC Barcelona.
The defending German Champions released a statement to pour cold water on the speculation regarding Tuchel’s future. It does look like the German coach is also firmly focused on Bayern and has no plans to leave this year.
According to Sky Sports in Germany, Tuchel remains keen on staying at Bayern at least until the end of his current deal. The German coach had signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, which means the contract will expire at the end of next season.
Tuchel will be open to signing an extension under certain conditions. However, talks are yet to begin between both parties for a contract renewal. The German coach is being consulted for next season’s plans, so he remains very much part of Bayern’s vision for the next 12 months. Sky Sports reports that return to the Premier League is an attractive option for Tuchel if he ends up leaving Die Roten.
Results and performances will dictate Tuchel’s future at Bayern. The defeat against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga a few days ago saw the pressure mounting on Tuchel. The German coach’s comments about the difference between training performance and game reportedly raised concerns amongst the club hierarchy.
Tuchel’s team has done well in patches this season. He needs to bring consistency in results and performances to stay at the club in the long run. The next few months are crucial for the Bavarian club as they face tricky games across two competitions.
Bayern are currently second in the Bundesliga, two points behind Bayer Leverkusen. They will face Lazio in the Champions League round of 16. Tuchel needs both trophies along with good performances to make sure that club chiefs are not looking for a new head coach.
The Bavarian club is keeping a close eye on the development of their former player Xabi Alonso at Bayer Leverkusen. The Spaniard will become a serious candidate to replace Tuchel. For now, Tuchel remains safe, but it takes very little time for things to change in football, as was the case with Julian Nagelsmann last season. Ending the season with two trophies will guarantee Tuchel an extended stay in Munich.