Julian Nagelsmann set to replace Hansi Flick at Bayern

Julian Nagelsmann set to replace Hansi Flick at Bayern

Julian Nagelsmann has agreed to a five-year contract beginning on July 1 as Bayern Munich head coach following a record deal that will make him the world’s most expensive manager, with RB Leipzig receiving compensation that could rise to €25m (£21.7m). The Bavarian coach will replace Hansi Flick, who announced his intention to leave at the end of the season. Follow us for more OBN football.

“FC Bayern have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach. The Bavarian-born 33-year-old will move to Munich from RB Leipzig on 1 July 2021 ahead of the new season, signing a five-year-contract with the German record champions until 30 June 2026,” read the club statement. “This comes after FC Bayern agreed to current head coach Hansi Flick’s request to have his contract terminated.”

It is learnt that Nagelsmann’s contract with RB Leipzig ran until 2023. His Leipzig side are currently second in Germany’s top flight, seven points behind Bayern. Nagelsmann, who will be Bayern’s fourth permanent coach since Guardiola left in June 2016, will beat Andre Villas-Boas’ €15 million deal to Chelsea as the current world record-holder for biggest coaching transfer fee.

In 2015, Nagelsmann became the youngest permanent head coach in Bundesliga and in in a major European league history at the age of 28 when he was appointed as head coach of Hoffenheim, taking over from veteran tactician Huub Stevens, who resigned due to health reasons. He lifted the club away from being relegated during that season and led them to a fourth-place finish in his first full campaign.

He later led them to third place finish the following season, making him the youngest coach of a Champions League match at 31-years old. In 2019, he moved to RB Leipzig and guided the club to third in the Bundesliga as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League, shortly after his 33rd birthday, making him the youngest coach to reach the final four since Didier Deschamps at 35-years-old.

The highest accolade of Nagelsmann’s young coaching career is the Under-19s Bundesliga title. “Julian Nagelsmann represents a new generation of coaches,” said Bayern’s president, Herbert Hainer, on Tuesday. “Despite his young age, he already has an impressive CV. We are convinced that with Julian Nagelsmann, we can continue the magnificent successes of recent years.”

Nagelsmann said he would “leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart” and identified the Champions League semi-final as the highlight of his stills in the club. “It was a moment that I’ll never forget,” he said. “We’re currently enjoying the best Bundesliga campaign in the club’s history too. We want to make sure it ends up our best finish and then also lift a major trophy for the first time.”

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