German head-coach snubbed Man Utd interest in favour of Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel reportedly turned down approaches from Barcelona and Man Utd last term in order to remain loyal to Chelsea.

The 49-year-old was relieved of his managerial duties at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, however, it is believed that a decision had been made before Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb back in the Champions League.

Graham Potter has been appointed as German managers successor as he swapped Brighton job for Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel claimed the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time with the West London giants, in addition to reaching two FA Cup finals and one EFL Cup final.

The German won 60 of his 100 games in charge of the team, drawing 24 and losing just 16, however, the club have decided to move in a different direction.

According to The Telegraph, both Barcelona and Man Utd were keen to speak to Tuchel last term about their managerial positions, however, the head coach stayed loyal to Chelsea.

The report suggests that Barcelona wanted Tuchel in the aftermath of Ronald Koeman’s sacking last October, however, Xavi was ultimately handed the role at Camp Nou.

Man United, meanwhile, are believed to have been keen on the German towards the end of last term amid the uncertainty surrounding the ownership situation at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-times English champions are believed to have explored appointing Tuchel as a replacement for Ralf Rangnick, however, Erik ten Hag was eventually named the team’s new head-coach.

Tuchel has also previously been in charge of Mainz 05,  Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, while he started his coaching career at Augsburg II in 2007.

“Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Thomas Tuchel,” read Chelsea’s statement, as the club confirmed his removal on Wednesday morning.

“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the Club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.

“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the Club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.”