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Tuchel turned down two European giants to stay at Chelsea last season.

Chelsea fired German manager Thomas Tuchel yesterday.

Despite his dismissal, there are reports that he turned down two job offers from European powerhouses last season.

Tuchel has decided against leaving Stamford Bridge for Barcelona or Manchester United, according to a report from Jason Burt (via Telegraph).

Last season, the German manager was at the center of the Blues’ turmoil, which saw the club change ownership due to sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich. During this time, Chelsea was sanctioned by the UK government, and Tuchel served as the club’s spokesman.

Barcelona was particularly interested in bringing in the German after sacking Ronald Koeman after a string of poor results at Camp Nou last season. Although the Blaugrana hierarchy eventually moved for Xavi Hernandez, Tuchel was their priority late last year. Tuchel, 49, stated his intention to stay at Stamford Bridge at the time, with Jason Burt noting that Tuchel felt it was his duty.

Manchester United received the same response when they attempted to sign the former Borussia Dortmund manager as a replacement for interim manager Ralf Rangnick earlier this year.

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine had an impact on the Stamford Bridge hierarchy, and Chelsea were going through a difficult ownership transition. Tuchel made the decision to stay with the club out of a sense of duty.

Chelsea started the season with only 10 points from six Premier League games under Tuchel. They are sixth in the table and are struggling to score goals. It has also helped that their Champions League campaign started poorly, with the Blues losing to Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one.

What’s next for Thomas Tuchel, the former Chelsea manager?

The new ownership did not sit well with their German manager, and according to the report, talks about a new contract for Tuchel never materialized. Todd Boehly fired Tuchel after a difficult start to the season and their inability to work together during the transfer window.

Jason Burt claims that Tuchel will take some time away from football before making a decision on the next club to manage.

However, following previous interest from clubs such as Barcelona, it is expected that the German tactician will have no problem joining one of Europe’s powerhouses.

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