Joao Cancelo experienced a sudden decline in popularity at Manchester City, prompting the Cityzens gaffer to decide to part ways with him after it was understood he was causing dressing room unrest over a lack of playing time since returning from the World Cup.
This led the Portuguese international to then force a loan transfer out of the club in January to Bayern Munich for the remainder of the season.
Originally, the 28-year-old seamlessly integrated into the team even providing an assist on his debut, but, towards the end of Julian Nagelsmann’s tenure, his playing time became more limited.
However, since the start of April, Cancelo has undeniably earned the trust of his manager.
The right wingback has started the last six Bundesliga games, contributing two assists and aiding Bayern Munich in their quest for an eleventh straight Bundesliga title.
The future remains uncertain regarding whether the German giants will pursue a permanent signing, as his loan deal includes a substantial €70 million buyback clause.
It is evident that Tuchel holds a strong admiration for the Manchester City outcast and is optimistic about retaining his services at the club beyond the current season, with talks being scheduled to take place once the campaign reaches its conclusion.
Asked about Cancelo’s future at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel responded: “I have the impression that he feels very comfortable here”.
“But in the end all parties are part of the decision”.
“His desire in training is unique. I have the feeling that he is really happy here. We’ll discuss everything else after the end of the season.”