Thomas Tuchel admits he ‘loves’ Joao Cancelo as Bayern boss claims full-back is ‘happy and comfortable’ in Germany amid exit links
- Bayern can sign Cancelo this summer
- Reports claim they will not trigger option
- Full-back linked to Arsenal and Barcelona
WHAT HAPPENED? It was reported this week that the Bundesliga champions do not plan on triggering their option to sign him in a permanent deal worth €70 million (£62m/$78m) and that he will move on this summer. However, Tuchel insists no such decision has been made as he expressed his admiration for the Portugal international.
WHAT THEY SAID: "We haven't had that conversation yet. I think he feels very comfortable here. But in the end, all parties in such a loan deal are part of the decision," he said at a press conference. "Regardless, I love him. His qualities and desire to train are unique. Of course, he still has room to become part of the team and contribute his skills to the team. I have a feeling he's really happy. We'll discuss everything else after the season."
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Cancelo, 28, has featured 19 times since joining Bayern on loan from Manchester City. A return to the Premier League giants looks unlikely at this point, but Arsenal and Barcelona are reported to be interested in signing him this summer.
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WHAT NEXT? Cancelo will likely be in action on Saturday when Bayern face RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.