Borussia Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken to Bild in Germany on Tuesday to heap praise on the club's manager, Thomas Tuchel. He also suggested that Dortmund may well offer the former Mainz man a new contract, in order to ward off potential advances from other clubs.
Tuchel is rumoured to be fancied for the Barcelona job, with fans beginning to lose patience with Luis Enrique, as well as being one of the favourites to take over at the Emirates, as pressure continues to be heaped on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Watzke didn't seem particularly bothered by this all this talk though, and remained confident of potentially tying Tuchel down to a new deal:
"Of course a new contract is an option," Watzke said.
It is possible that Tuchel could want to remain with BVB, especially considering that his current deal has only 18 months left to run, and he is already part way through a clear effort to develop a host of young players in hist first team.
Dortmund sit in third place in the Bundesliga, 13 points of leaders Bayern, and eight points behind second placed RB Leipzig. Watzke was even understanding of this however, despite some fans being disappointed.
"Let's be honest here, we are not too far away from our pre-season objectives in any of the competitions we take part in.
"It is not like everything has gone wrong for us."
Dortmund lost their last Champions League match against Benfica, but the result was only 1-0 against a team with a fearsome home record.
Despite a poor performance from the normally reliable Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, fans will be expectant and optimistic that Dortmund can overturn the deficit in the return leg at the Signal Iduna Park.