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FC Bayern Munich have recruited Julian Nagelsmann as their new coach and reached an agreement with RB Leipzig over a severance package.
Nagelsmann, 33, is considered one of the best young managers in football and has signed a contract with the Bundesliga champions until 2026. Bayern paid Leipzig a sum, and sources told ESPN that it was a record sum for the manager, dwarfing the 15 million euros Chelsea paid Porto for Andre Villas-Boas in 2011.
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Nagelsmann is expected to replace Hansi Flick, who FC Bayern asked to sack him two years before his contract expired earlier this month following a disagreement with sporting director Hassan Salihamidzic over the Bundesliga champion’s transfer strategy and philosophy.
FC Bayern Munich has appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach, Bayern announced in a statement. The 33-year-old Bayer is stepping up for the new season at 1. July 2021 over from RB Leipzig to Munich and signed a five-year contract at the German record champion until 30. June 2026.
When he left Leipzig, Nagelsmann wrote a statement: I will leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart. Here, in a club with great opportunities and better working conditions, I could coach a special team.
Everyone here, including the staff who work with the team, has ensured that we have written and will continue to write many stories for the club history books. I’m very proud of that.
Flick was appointed Bayern manager in November 2019 after Niko Kovac was sacked and led the club to a Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal treble. He also became the second coach to win six trophies in one calendar year: the German Supercup, the UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup. He could now succeed Joachim Low as national coach, who will step down after the European Championships this summer.
Sources close to Nagelsmann told ESPN on Friday that the coach is also open to offers from the Premier League as Tottenham look for a replacement for Jose Mourinho. However, Nagelsmann received an offer from Bayern and agreed to take charge of the third Bundesliga club.
Nagelsmann joined Leipzig from TSG Hoffenheim in 2019 and led the Leipzig team to the Champions League semi-finals in his first year.
Leipzig will host Werder Bremen in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup on Friday. Nagelsmann is trying to lead the club to its first major cup. The winner is likely to face Borussia Dortmund in the final, who in turn will meet second-placed Holstein Kiel.
American coach Jesse Marsh is one of FC Salzburg’s favourites to replace Nagelsmann at the Red Bull’s helm in Leipzig.
Leipzig confirmed on Monday that the contract with sporting director Markus Hook has been terminated with one year to go.
The 40-year-old had been with the club for two years and there had been rumours of a departure from Leipzig for months. He has been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt, who are looking for a new sports director after Fredi Bobic decided to return to his family in the capital and join Hertha Berlin.
With Nagelsmann’s departure from Leipzig to Bayern, five of the seven biggest Bundesliga clubs – Bayern, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Bayer, Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach – will have a new man on the bench for the 2021/22 season.
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