As reported by Kicker, Bayern Munich defender Dayot Upamecano can imagine leaving the German champions this summer, but the final decision lies with head coach Thomas Tuchel.
The 24-year-old joined the Rekordmeister in 2021 from RB Leipzig for a fee of €42.5 million, however, Upamecano has yet to convince those at the club that he can become a consistent performer. While his qualities are appreciated at the club there is the understanding that he can be liable to ‘gross mistakes’ which are difficult to ignore.
The most memorable of Upamecano’s unfortunate performances this season came against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, where Bayern lost 3-0 in England. Head coach Thomas Tuchel heavily criticised the defender after the final whistle, and ultimately it will be the decision of Tuchel as to whether Upamecano remains at Bayern next season.
Despite the inconsistencies this campaign, Upamecano has still been a regular feature in the Bayern backline throughout this season. The French international has appeared 43 times in all competitions, and only Joshua Kimmich and Matthijs de Ligt have played more minutes for Die Rekordmeister this term.
If the 24-year-old were to leave Bavaria this summer then Bayern would demand a significant price tag for the French defender due to the long contract he is under which expires in 2026. This would be unlike Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, who will also potentially leave the German champions this summer, as they only have one year left on their current contracts.
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