Thomas Tuchel reportedly turned down offers from Manchester United and Barcelona months before his sacking by Chelsea.
Tuchel’s reign at Stamford Bridge ended less than 24 hours after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday.
During his time at Chelsea, Tuchel had guided the club to success in the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, while his team reached two FA Cup finals, although they lost both times.
But a poor start to the new season has cost Tuchel his job at Chelsea and the club are now moving towards appointing Brighton boss Graham Potter as their new manager.
However, Tuchel is still held in high esteem and should be in demand when there are vacancies at Europe’s top clubs.
According to The Telegraph, both Manchester United and Barcelona wanted to discuss a move for Tuchel last season but the 49-year-old declined.
The report claims United made a switch earlier this year while looking for Ralf Rangnick’s replacement, hoping to capitalize on instability at Chelsea following Roman Abramovich’s sanction.
Barcelona, meanwhile, wanted to hold talks with Tuchel last November before bringing Xavi back to the Camp Nou.
It is understood that Tuchel will receive a £6.9million payout from Chelsea after his sacking.
Following Tuchel’s sacking, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand claimed Chelsea’s new manager will likely be a ‘demotion’ of the German.
“He has a win rate of 60 percent, many managers would be happy about that,” said Ferdinand on his YouTube channel FIVE.
“Anyone who comes in now would be considered a downgrade from Tuchel.
“Graham Potter has done a fantastic job and is called up by bigger clubs than Brighton. But would he take it? He has a clear identity but the question is can he handle the more experienced players?
“Tuchel is a real manager. He is honest and direct. He has clarity about how he wants to play and I can’t understand it. It doesn’t make any sense to me.’
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