Anthony Barry has agreed to stay away from Chelsea while talks remain ongoing with Bayern Munich over a move to join Thomas Tuchel’s staff following his appointment, according to reports.
The 36-year-old is wanted by Tuchel after the German was named as Bayern’s new manager to replace Julian Nagelsmann who was sacked last week.
Tuchel, who was sacked by Chelsea back in September, publicly expressed his desire to have Barry on his coaching team in Germany during his unveiling press conference.
“My coaching staff wasn’t prepared either, so a big thank you to their families for their flexibility,” said Tuchel. “Arno Michels and Zsolt Löw, who have been working with me for over ten years, will be there. We’re hoping to add Anthony Barry, who is currently at Chelsea.”
The public admission ‘disappointed’ Chelsea, however Barry has made his stance clear of wanting to make the switch from England to Germany.
An official approach was made, however initially no compensation fee was offered to Chelsea for Barry, who is under contract at Stamford Bridge.
Now, as reported by Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, an offer has now been made by Bayern Munich but it has fallen ‘well short’ of Chelsea’s valuation.
Following talks between Chelsea and Barry, it has been agreed for the coach to stay away from the club’s Cobham training ground and Stamford Bridge while discussions remain ongoing to resolve his future.
Bayern and Tuchel ‘still hope’ a resolution and agreement is found. The decision to not have Barry around the first-team squad while Graham Potter‘s side prepare to face Aston Villa on Saturday evening in the Premier League.
As per the reports, the decision for Barry to not return to Chelsea for the time being is ‘amicable and makes sense to all parties’.
Barry was appointed under Frank Lampard’s staff ahead of the 2020/21 season and remained at the club when Tuchel took over in January 2021.
He currently works part-time for the Portugal national team alongside his Chelsea role after he left the Belgium setup to follow Roberto Martinez following the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup.
Bayern could come head-to-head against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League in May. Both sides were put on the same side of the draw and if they both overcome their quarter-finals ties, a meeting with Tuchel and his old club will come to fruition.
Chelsea raided Brighton & Hove Albion’s coaching setup in September and now they are on the other end of having to hold out for the right fee to let Barry depart.
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