Thomas Tuchel to Arsenal ‘completely fictional stuff’

Date published: Monday 13th February 2017 9:50

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has shot down reports linking manager Thomas Tuchel to Arsenal.

Speculation surrounding the long-term future of Arsene Wenger has once again surfaced, with another poor run in the league all but ending the Gunners’ title charge.

A four name shortlist to replace Wenger was revealed last week, with Dortmund boss Tuchel said to be the number one choice if the London side find themselves looking for a manager.

Tuchel himself responded to the speculation, claiming: “You know more than me. I can’t say anything about that because I don’t know anything about it. I’m on a contract with Dortmund and I’m happy here.”

However, Watzke has weighed in on the on-going speculation, denying claims that they may lose their manager.

“It is a fact that nobody from Arsenal called us.¬† We’re talking about completely fictional stuff here,” Watzke told Sky.

“Some day in May we will sit down and analyse this season. He is still¬†under contract here for another year. That’s why I don’t understand all the speculation.”

Tuchel was appointed by Dortmund back in 2015, replacing the out-going Jurgen Klopp. He guided the German club to a second-placed finish in his first campaign, while they currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga, losing 2-1 to bottom of the league Darmstadt on Saturday.

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