Thomas Tuchel confirms Bayern Munich decision amid Man United Erik ten Hag pressure

Thomas Tuchel during a Bayern Munich press conference
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he will leave Bayern Munich amid links with Manchester United at the end of the season -Credit:Marcel Engelbrecht - firo sportphoto/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Recent reports have claimed that the former Chelsea boss could opt to stay in Bavaria after it was initially announced in February that he would leave this summer. Tuchel has been linked with Manchester United amid uncertainty over the future of manager Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman is under pressure with United eighth in the Premier League table and at risk of missing out on Europe for the first time in a decade. They could, however, sneak into Europe by finishing seventh with a win against Brighton on the final day and if Newcastle drop points against Brentford, or if they win the FA Cup final on May 25.

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But in a potential blow for Ten Hag's chances of remaining at Old Trafford, it has been confirmed that Tuchel will depart his current club. Ahead of Bayern's final game of the season on Saturday against Hoffenheim, the German admitted that talks had taken place over him possibly staying but no agreement was reached.

"This is my last press conference at Säbener Straße," he said. "There were talks, but we didn't reach an agreement, so the decision of February still stands

"It's obviously tough. Results like in the Champions League against Lazio, Arsenal and Real bring you together. The feedback from recent weeks was the foundation for us having a discussion. But we couldn't reach an agreement. I won't name the reasons. The agreement from February stands.

"The job requires full energy, but it also gives me a lot of energy. It is my great passion. For me, a good training session is the basis for an excellent day. There are few better, more fun places than a football dressing room. A trophyless season with Bayern is never satisfactory, no one will disagree with that - including myself. It remains a very disappointing performance in the DFB Pokal, which was unsatisfactory.

"We are currently second in the Bundesliga and have got a number of points that would have been enough to win the title in nine of the last 11 years, that with injury problems throughout the season and Leverkusen just refusing to lose. That's not something to be ashamed of.

"The Champions League season was almost perfect until the 87th minute in Madrid. Losing there in the last seven minutes can happen. You can accept that without having to be ashamed. We are very self-critical. We will never run away from responsibility. We have the right to walk out of this 15 month period with our heads held high

"I'm a bit sad because I don't like leaving teams and a staff. There are 60, 70 people here that you see every day. Also the stewards in the underground car park and the guys in the kitchen. There's a bonding that develops with time. You work closely together for hours every day. It's always difficult."