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Watzke perplexed by “fictional” Arsenal rumours

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Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says he doesn’t understand the speculation surrounding manager Thomas Tuchel’s future at the Bundesliga side.

The Mirror last week suggested Tuchel was a major contender to replace Arsene Wenger if the Frenchman departs the Emirates at the end of the season but Watzke is quoted by the Daily Express as saying there has been no contact between Dortmund and the Gunners regarding the availability of the manager. He says he expects contract talks to open over a new deal for Tuchel at the end of the season:

“It is a fact that nobody from Arsenal called us. We’re taking about completely fictional stuff here. Some day in May we will sit down and analyse this season. He is still under contract here for another year. That’s why I don’t understand all the speculation.”

Tuchel’s Dortmund side has so far failed to recapture the form of the German manager’s first season in charge, despite heavy investment over the summer.

The German club lost 2-1 to lowly Darmstadt at the weekend, and have already lost as many league matches as they did for the entire of last season, trailing league leaders Bayern Munich by 15 points with 14 matches still to be played in the league this campaign.

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