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Tuchel confirms exit despite Bayern U-turn

Published : Saturday, 18 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 370

Tuchel confirms exit despite Bayern U-turn

Tuchel confirms exit despite Bayern U-turn

MUNICH, MAY 17: Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Friday he will leave the club at the end of the season, saying he "couldn agree on terms" to stay.

Bayern and Tuchel agreed to part ways in February after the club lost three matches in a row and fell eight points behind eventual champions Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayerns run to the Champions League semi-finals, where they lost narrowly to Real Madrid, along with the clubs failure to secure a replacement for Tuchel seemingly led to a change of heart among club bosses.

Tuchel confirmed he was in talks about continuing next season, but said would leave after Saturdays final game against Hoffenheim.

"We will stick to the agreement that we had in February. We had talks, as you reported, but we couldn agree on terms," Tuchel told reporters.

"Its very difficult. The longer the season went on and the more you experience, the way we played against Arsenal and Real Madrid, it really glues you and the team together.

"These past few weeks were the basis to think about a U-turn, but we couldn find an agreement to keep working together and Im not going to elaborate on details and motivations.

"It stays behind closed doors."

Leverkusens Bundesliga triumph, with former Bayern player Xabi Alonso as coach, broke Munichs 11-year stranglehold on the title.

"Im a bit sad because I don want to leave teams and the staff," Tuchel added. "There are 60-70 people you see around the team each day. You really connect with those people and work with them closely.

"This is always tough and a bit sad."

German media reported that Tuchel wanted an extension until 2026 should he agree to stay.

Tuchels original deal was set to run until 2025 before his impending exit was first announced.

Tuchel at the time said he would have preferred to stay on but the announcement kick-started a fruitless search for a new boss.

Several candidates, including Alonso, former Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, former Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick and others reportedly rebuffed approaches.

Tuchel also said striker Harry Kane was out of Saturdays match with Hoffenheim and had left Germany for treatment.

Tuchel said the England captain was struggling with a back injury and had been a doubt ahead of Bayerns semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

"Harry is receiving treatment with his personal doctor. Hes no longer here. He won travel to Hoffenheim.    —AFP

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