Borussia Dortmund will enter into contract talks with the coach Thomas Tuchel at the end of the current season according to CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Dortmund has just ended a run of two consecutive defeats with a 3 – 0 victory over Wolfsburg at home in front of a crowd of just 56,906 after the Sudtribune terrace was closed as a punishment for violence before the game against RB Leipzig.
Tuchel is under contract at Dortmund until 2018 and there are doubts over whether he will remain next season after the team’s mixed campaign. He has also been touted as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
However, Watzke said, “Thomas expressed his wish in an interview to talk to us right after the season because he wants to fully focus on sport. The season ends in late May, as far as I know, and then there’s enough time until he enters the last 12 months of his contract on July 1. There will be talks during that period.”
When asked what would happen if the talks were to break down Watzke refused to speculate saying that the talks have to happen before they can break down.
He went on to describe Tuchel as an “extraordinary coach” but said that they will have to see if they agree on the “strategic planning of the club, and on communication matters, and a thousand things.”
While Tuchel was impressive during his first year at the club he has since been criticised for a perceived lack of communication and there have also been allegations of a rift with chief scout Sven Mislintat.
In other team news they have recently been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mo Dahoud and there were reports this week that they are close to reaching a deal for the player.