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Tuchel turns down Bayern job amid talks to replace Wenger at Arsenal - reports

The man once billed ‘the new Jurgen Klopp’ could be on his way to the Premier League next season.

Tuchel was most recently in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel was most recently in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
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FORMER BORUSSIA DORTMUND Thomas Tuchel has reportedly dropped out of the running as a possible head coach of Bayern Munich next season, according to reports in Germany.

Both daily newspapers Bild and Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung claim Tuchel, 44, has told Bayern he is no longer interested in succeeding Jupp Heynckes.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung say senior Bayern figures Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic held a telephone conference with Tuchel on Friday, but failed to persuade him.

Tuchel’s agent, Olaf Meinking, was not available for comment on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund fired Tuchel at the end of last season, despite winning the German Cup, following a falling out with the club.

According to German magazine Kicker, he is in talks with Arsenal about replacing Arsene Wenger, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly also interested.

It is unclear who will coach Bayern next season as Heynckes has not made his future plans clear, despite Bayern’s best attempts to persuade him to sign a contract extension.

With Tuchel no longer an option, RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl and Eintracht Frankfurt coach Nico Kovac have both been linked to the job, but both are under contract.

The same applies to German-speaking Swiss coach Lucien Favre, now at Nice in the French league, who is another candidate, according to the German media.

Bayern are currently 17 points clear in the Bundesliga and are on the verge of winning a sixth straight German league title.

© AFP 2018

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