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“Never say never” – Chelsea star hints he’s open to Thomas Tuchel reunion at Bayern Munich after 2020 transfer snub



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Kai Havertz has hinted he is open to leaving Chelsea for Bayern Munich to reunite with former boss Thomas Tuchel.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a good relationship at Chelsea where they spent 18 months together following Tuchel’s appointment back in January 2021 to succeed Frank Lampard as head coach.

Havertz and Tuchel enjoyed many successes at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup before Tuchel was dismissed by Chelsea’s new owners back in September and replaced by Graham Potter.

Tuchel is back in management after being appointed as Bayern Munich’s new manager following Julian Nagelsmann’s departure earlier this month.

The 49-year-old has already moved to try to take coach Anthony Barry from Chelsea’s setup to the Allianz Arena.

Bayern have already been linked with lots of Chelsea players because of the Tuchel connection: Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount included.

Havertz was heavily linked with a move to Bayern back in 2020 prior to his £72 million transfer to Chelsea, but it was the Blues who were able to splash the cash for the Germany international during Covid-19.

Now Havertz has opened up on Bayern again, amid speculation he could leave this summer, and would be tempted by a switch back to his homeland, especially because Tuchel is now managing the Bavarian side.

Speaking to SPORTBILD, the Chelsea attacker 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.”

He added: “I generally like new adventures and I wanted to experience new things. After four years in the Bundesliga, it was almost too boring for me. Looking back, it was the right decision.”

When asked whether or not saying no to Bayern Munich would still be difficult today, Havertz replied: “Clearly!”

On Tuchel, he continued: “I had a very good relationship with him and am very grateful for everything.

“Definitely (I’d like to work with him again)! You never know what will happen in football. Everything can happen very quickly. Never say never.”

Havertz is beginning to enjoy his football again after a difficult period with the Chelsea squad. He has netted three goals in as many games and will be hoping to kick on between now and the end of the season, with Aston Villa first in his sights as they aim to go five games unbeaten in all competitions.