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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Bayern Munich in talks with Tuchel to replace Ancelotti as manager

German media report former Borussia Dortmund manager in contention to take over at Bavarian giants.

German media say Thomas Tuchel is in Munich to negotiate terms with Bayern. Sascha Schuermann / AFP
German media say Thomas Tuchel is in Munich to negotiate terms with Bayern. Sascha Schuermann / AFP

Thomas Tuchel is the favourite to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as manager of Bayern Munich amidst media reports on Saturday that contract negotiations are taking place.

According to German daily Bild, Tuchel is in Munich and negotiating to take over at the Bavarian giants having been dismissed by Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in May.

Tuchel, 44, and Dortmund parted ways despite him steering the club to the German Cup title last season, the manager having enjoyed a turbulent relationship with Borussia's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

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Bayern's director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic said on Friday that Munich had "no names, no profiles" of who will replace Ancelotti, fired on Thursday in the wake Bayern's 3-0 drubbing at Paris Saint-Germain.

"We will now collect our information and then make a decision," Salihamidzic said.

Ancelotti, 58, spent 15 months in charge of Bayern and won the Bundesliga title last season.

However, he was sacked after the poor performance at PSG when stars Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels were benched.

Former Bayern defender Willy Sagnol has been appointed interim coach for Sunday's German league match at Hertha Berlin.

Should Bayern appoint Tuchel in the coming days, his first match will be against struggling Freiburg on October 14, after the international break.