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Crucial Chelsea star to ditch Potter and secure Tuchel reunion at Bayern after obvious transfer message

Reece James and Kai Havertz of Chelsea

Chelsea forward Kai Havertz has admitted he would be open to returning to Germany and reuniting with Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich.

Tuchel was Havertz’s manager at Chelsea between January 2021 and September 2022. In that time, Tuchel and Havertz helped the Blues win the Champions League, with the player even scoring the winning goal in the final against Manchester City.

Chelsea followed that triumph by winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Tuchel’s position as manager came under threat when a Todd Boehly-led consortium bought Chelsea from Roman Abramovich for £4.25billion in May 2022.

The new chief stuck with Tuchel for a matter of months. Earlier this season, the coach was sacked and replaced by impressive Brighton boss Graham Potter.

Chelsea fans were angered by the decision as Tuchel had done an amazing job to guide them to European glory the year before.

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And the Chelsea faithful became even more frustrated when Potter failed to get to grips with the team, and their form subsequently dropped to new lows.

Chelsea have shown some recent signs of improvement under Potter. But he still has a long way to go before he can call his time at Stamford Bridge a success.

Thomas Tuchel could raid Chelsea for valuable star

While Potter is battling hard to help Chelsea move up the Premier League table, Tuchel has been given another shot at glory with Bayern.

He has replaced Julian Nagelsmann in the Allianz Arena hot seat by penning a two-year contract.

Bayern sit in second place in the Bundesliga, one point behind Borussia Dortmund. They are also in the DFB-Pokal and UCL quarter-finals.

Tuchel joining Bayern has led to rumours the German giants could raid Chelsea for a few of Potter’s best players. And Havertz has done little to quash such links.

During an interview with Bild, the 23-year-old said: “Bayern are generally a huge club that it’s hard to say no to as a German player, but my personal goal has always been to play abroad at some point. In England or Spain.

“I had a very good relationship with him and am very grateful for everything.

“You never know what will happen in football. Everything can happen very quickly. Never say never.”

It is very interesting that Havertz did not immediately shut down the Bayern rumours. Perhaps he will give a transfer serious thought this summer if Bayern begin negotiations with Chelsea.

Losing Havertz would be a major blow for Potter. He has used the Germany international as a centre-forward for large parts of the season, and the player has put in some top performances.

Chelsea are mobilising ahead of a busy summer in which a world-class striker such as Victor Osimhen may arrive. But Potter will definitely want to keep Havertz so he can play just behind someone like Osimhen. This would form a deadly attack.

Chelsea chairman Boehly must therefore reject any offers from Bayern for Havertz. And Potter will be hoping that the attacker does not hand in a transfer request to try and force through a move.

Meanwhile, a player has revealed that he almost swapped Chelsea for Arsenal before one influential European manager changed his mind.