Bayern Munich chief confirms Thomas Tuchel exit plan amid Manchester United links

Thomas Tuchel, head coach of Bayern Munich
Thomas Tuchel, head coach of Bayern Munich -Credit:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Bayern Munich director Christoph Freund has confirmed the plan remains unchanged for Thomas Tuchel to leave the club this summer.

Tuchel has been heavily linked with potentially replacing Erik ten Hag as manager of Manchester United. Ten Hag's future has been the subject of intense speculation across the campaign, with the Reds enduring a difficult season in his second year in charge.

United are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and can no longer qualify for the Champions League. The ambition now will be to secure a spot in the Europa League while also looking to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final later this month.

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The disappointment of the Premier League season has led to Ten Hag's position as manager being the subject of speculation. As a result, Tuchel has been linked with potentially replacing Ten Hag in the event the Dutchman leaves Old Trafford.

It was confirmed in February that Tuchel would be leaving his role as Bayern Munich manager at the end of the season. The German giants have failed to win the Bundesliga title for the first time since 2012, with Bayer Leverkusen being confirmed as champions for the first time in the club's history.

Tuchel's future continues to generate headlines amid rumours that he could remain in charge in Munich beyond this season. However, Freund has dismissed those suggestions by confirming that Tuchel will depart this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Viaplay Sport Polska, where he was asked about Tuchel's future, he said: "There is no chance."

The update on Tuchel's future is only likely to increase the speculation that he could move to Old Trafford this summer. Ineos Group are understood to have analysed potential successors for Ten Hag in the event that United decide to part ways with the Dutchman at the end of the season.

Tuchel is not the only manager linked with potentially replacing Ten Hag in the Old Trafford dugout. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, Sporting Lisbon head coach Ruben Amorim and Bologna manager Thiago Motta have also been linked with the job.