Bayern Munich’s chase for a new manager for next season is complete as they have agreed terms with Julien Nagelsmann to take over.
The Bundesliga champions officially announced the deal on Tuesday morning, after current boss Hansi Flick confirmed in a recent press conference that he wanted to leave the club at the end of the season – with many believing he will take the role of German national team coach after Euro 2020.
Bayern were interested in bringing Nagelsmann to the club as a replacement and it now they have got their man ahead of the end of the season.
According to BILD, the Bavarian giants have agreed a deal that will see Nagelsmann become their next manager after he led RB Leipzig to a second placed finish in the Bundesliga. They have agreed a compensation package with Leipzig, with a fee of around €25million agreed upon including bonuses.
Nagelsmann has been highly rated for a long time, taking over as Hoffenheim coach as a 28-year-old and guiding them to safety before a fourth-placed finish in his first full season with the team.
In June 2019 he took over at RB Leipzig at the end of his Hoffenheim contract and led them to a Champions League semi-final in his first season, before a last 16 exit this season to Liverpool. This season he has led them to currently sit in second place in the Bundesliga table behind Bayern Munich, seven points behind top spot with just three games to play.
His attacking style of football, taste in player and attitude towards young players have seen him attract the attention of some of the top teams in the world in the past but he has turned them down in order to continue his own development.
It was reported that he turned down a move to Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left the first time around, while Tottenham Hotspur were said to have made him their top target to replace Jose Mourinho this summer too.
Bayern’s stranglehold on Germany continues into next season now, as they look set to win their ninth successive Bundesliga title this season.
They have developed a reputation for poaching their rivals’ biggest assets with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Nicklas Sule, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry all part of their current squad signed from rivals while the likes of Mario Gotze have also made the move in the past.
RB Leipzig central defender Dayot Upamecano has already agreed to join the club this summer in a deal announced earlier this year and they have now snapped up his current manager too.
Nagelsmann is one of the best young coaches in the world and Bayern are undoubtedly making the best appointment for their club, but it’s a real shame to see the monopoly they have on their domestic league.
Any time a team becomes a credible threat, they get picked apart with Bayern at the head of the queue and the challenge fades away as they become even stronger. It’s a shame for the neutral who’d like to see them challenged, but you can’t blame them when there are obvious upgrades that are seen as easy pickings for them.
For Nagelsmann, it’s a chance for him to now step up to the biggest stage and continue the fine work he has done throughout his career up to this point.