Talking Cock Session: Daily update on the latest club news and highlights

In our latest update talk cock sessions, we look at the latest club news, Thomas Tuchel, Thiago Silva, Roberto De Zerbi, and Tosin Adarabioyo gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Thomas Tuchel has played down suggestions he could remain at Bayern Munich

In an exclusive interview with TNT Sports, Thomas Tuchel has dismissed suggestions that he could remain as Bayern Munich boss next season, even if the Bavarians win the UEFA Champions League.

The German, who is preparing his side for a semi-final second-leg tie with Real Madrid on Wednesday, with the sides level at 2-2, also admits he loved his time in England having managed Chelsea in the past.

Asked where he will be next season, the German responded: “It’s very, very, very unlikely that it’s at Bayern, I have to say, because we have an agreement, there is at the moment no reason to doubt this agreement. We took this position, the initiative came from the club, and so it is and I’m fine with it.

“I don’t need it for the extra percentage of competitiveness because I’m always up for a win, I’m always thinking about how to improve the squad or how to improve myself in coaching.”

“We go all in. Does it influence where I am next season? Maybe not, I’m on holiday no matter what, let’s see, let’s see.”

Could Tuchel return to the Premier League? He took Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League title in 2022, and he has always spoken well of his time at the club – albeit leaving in 2022 despite signing a contract extension that was supposed to keep him at the club until 2024.

“I’d rather not answer but it is no secret that I loved it at Chelsea, I loved it in England and I loved it in the Premier League for sure, it was a very, very special time and I remember it very well.”

Should Bayern win and make it to Wembley, Tuchel would be just the second manager to take three different teams to the final of the UEFA Champions League. But first, they must beat a strong Real Madrid side, who are fresh from securing the Spanish title.

“Unfortunately, it is our last chance to win a title but I don’t think that makes us more hungry, this competition is a beautiful competition, it is the most beautiful, the most difficult,” he said.

“Once you are in the semi-final and you arrive in the second leg you have a job, so the things are very clear, you are one step ahead. I think both teams go for it, all in.”

“Both teams are focused. We have to be focused and fully switched on.”

Tuchel is very clear – the target and expectation is to make it to the final at Wembley. He isn’t underestimating the challenge of winning in Spain at the Bernabeu tonight, but is backing his team as after that first leg draw: “Everything is possible”.

Fluminense and Chelsea announced on Tuesday that Thiago Silva will join the Brazilian club on a free transfer at the end of the 2023-24 Premier League season

Thiago Silva left Chelsea at the end of the season and joined Brazilian club Fluminense.

The 39-year-old has made more than 150 appearances for Chelsea since he arrived at the club in August 2020 and has won the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup at Stamford Bridge.

Silva was also named the club’s player of the year at the end of the 2022-23 season.

The Brazil international has agreed on a two-year contract with Fluminense and has been permitted by Chelsea to join up with his new team-mates before his transfer is made official on July 1.

Silva confirmed in April that he would leave Chelsea at the end of this season.

“Chelsea means a lot to me,” he said.

“I came here to only stay for a year and it ended up being four years. Not just for me but for my family, too.”

“My sons play for Chelsea so it is a source of great pride to be a part of the Chelsea family – literally because my sons are here. I hope they continue their careers here at this victorious club that many players wish to be part of.”

“I think in everything I did here over the last four years, I always gave my all. But, unfortunately, everything has a start, a middle and an end.”

“That doesn’t mean that this is a definitive end. I hope to leave the door open so that shortly I can return, albeit in another role. But… it’s an indescribable love. I can only say thank you.”

“When I started here, it was during the pandemic so there were not any fans in the stadium. But through social media, it became something very special to me and then when the fans started coming back to the stadium and life was getting back to normal, I started to feel a lot of affection and respect for my story and my start here.”

“How I came to the club, with the support of the club, I got to the club as a leader even though I didn’t feel like it has arrived as the new guy. It’s always difficult to integrate but bit by bit I became part of the group and [Frank] Lampard played a big part in that. I am grateful to him for that.”

“[It’s been a] dream, definitely a dream. Not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I could achieve such great things and win one of the best professional titles, the Champions League, at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“Goodbyes are for those that leave and don’t come back. I intend on coming back one day…”

Roberto De Zerbi may leave Brighton to join Bayern Munich

Roberto De Zerbi looks like he could leave Brighton this summer, with a job opening up in Germany at Bayern Munich.

The Italian has hinted he could leave the south club side this summer, and with Ralf Rangnick staying with Austria, the Bavarian hot seat remains vacant with Thomas Tuchel set to depart at the end of the campaign.

A Premier League manager has emerged as the favourite to become the next Bayern Munich manager.

De Zerbi raised concerns over his future earlier this season, refusing to commit to the Seagulls and admitting he needed to ensure he had the same ‘vision’ as the club.

He has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona, but those sides seem to have settled their futures, with Arne Slot close to being appointed Reds boss and Xavi opting to stay in Spain.

De Zerbi, 44, could opt to jump ship this summer, with the opportunity to take charge of one of Europe’s top clubs potentially presenting itself.

Newcastle could beat Tottenham, Manchester United and AC Milan to sign Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer this summer

Newcastle United look likely to beat Manchester United, AC Milan and Tottenham to Tosin Adarabioyo.

The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and is not anticipated to remain with his current club Fulham.

The Sun reports: “Newcastle are closing in on a free transfer for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

The 26-year-old has reportedly been offered a long-term deal at St James’ Park worth more than £100k-a-week.

The former Manchester City kid recently reiterated his desire to leave Fulham in the summer when his deal expires – which SunSport revealed back in December.

Numerous clubs from home and abroad have been eyeing up Tosin, including Manchester United, Tottenham and AC Milan.