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Thomas Tuchel: “Bayern Munich’s offer came too late, but it made no difference”

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Unai Emery's successor finally breaks his silence; Tuchel speaks about Bayern's offer and explains the reason for the rejection.

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Ever since Jupp Heynckes announced that he would not continue being the manager of Bayern Munich, the Bavarians had been on a hunt to bring home the most suitable coach to take over the club. Bayern's choices ranged from Julian Nagelsmann to Thomas Tuchel. Obviously, the signing of Niko Kovac was unforeseen at the time.

Speaking to L’Equipe (via Sportskeeda), the current Paris Saint-Germain manager revealed that the German Champions had approached him to discuss a move to Munich, but he rejected the offer since he wanted to leave Germany. He said that Bayern's proposal came too late and by that time he had already made a choice:

Their proposal arrived too late, I had already decided to join the PSG.

Tuchel said that his decision to move abroad was unambiguous. Therefore, even if Bayern had approached him a bit earlier, the answer would've been no:

My choice after Dortmund was very clear, it was something I had deep down inside me - if I’m lucky enough to have an experience abroad, I have to try. It was clear with my family, my staff and for me. Paris was special, it was a nice surprise.

Tuchel set a new club record with PSG by winning all of his first six competitive matches. PSG currently the top the league with 15 points from 5 matches, 5 ahead of Lille OSC. So far, it seems that PSG did make the right choice by putting Tuchel in charge of the club.