Report: Tuchel turns down first new manager job, would have been coaching player he wanted to sell at Chelsea

Reports from Germany have claimed that former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has turned down the opportunity to become the new Bayer Leverkusen manager.

According to SPORT1, the German side are now looking at former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso as the potential next man in charge.

The Champions League winning coach has been out of work for around a month now, after being unceremoniously sacked by Chelsea after 100 games at the helm.

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News emerged quickly after that Graham Potter had been scouted by the new Blues owners for some time, with them quickly appointing the former Brighton man to become the new manager.

It has been claimed that Tuchel is not looking to hang around before getting back to work as a coach somewhere, whether that be in the Premier League or somewhere else across Europe.

Tuchel rejects Leverkusen job

However, SPORT1 have claimed that Leverkusen will not be his next job, with them knowing that he won’t be taking the job there.

This particular return to the Bundesliga would have seen him engage in a potentially awkward reunion with Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the Chelsea attacker on loan at the club right now.

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It was claimed that Tuchel was particularly fine for the 21-year-old to leave the Blues over the summer, with him not trusting him enough to feature him in his favoured position on the wing.

Leverkusen will be frustrated following a 2-0 defeat last night against Porto in the Champions League, especially after Hudson-Odoi had seen a first half goal disallowed and Patrick Schick had missed a penalty.

With them currently second bottom in the league, they could certainly do with hiring a manager the calibre of Tuchel, in order to avoid an embarrassing Bundesliga campaign.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.