German giants Bayern Munich have appointed RB Leipzig coach, Julian Nagelsmann, to succeed the outgoing Hansi Flick, who recently fell out with the club’s director over player recruitments.
Announcing the choice of Nagelsmann on Tuesday, a statement by the reigning Bundesliga champions said the thirty-three-year-old would be resuming his new job starting next season.
It said Nagelsmann will move to Bayern on July 1 with a contract that runs through 2026.
The Bayern statement also said it agreed to terminate Flick’s contract after he asked to be released early.
But RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said his club had demanded for a high fee for Nagelsmann, to which the Bavarian giants agreed. Mintzlaff did not specify what the sum was.
Nagelsmann grew up near Munich and came through the youth system at another club in the city.
“There were some inquiries from other clubs. I told Oli (Mintzlaff) that I wouldn’t want to end my contract for any other club but this one,” the newly-appointed Bayern coach told reporters on Tuesday.
He added that the first contact from the reigning European champions came on April 16. That was after Leipzig’s game against Hoffenheim.
By then, Flick had already told Bayern management he wanted to leave, although a day before, he decided to go public.
“Julian Nagelsmann signifies a new generation of coaches,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said.
“Despite his young years, he has already built an impressive career. We are convinced that we will build on the great successes of recent years together with (him),” Hainer added.
Nagelsmann has been with Leipzig for three years and led the team to the Champions League semifinals in 2020. Leipzig is in second place behind Bayern in the Bundesliga, and will play Werder Bremen on Friday for a place in the final of the German Cup.
Also, the new Bayern gaffer was the youngest head coach in league history when he took over at Hoffenheim at 28 in 2016. The team then qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history.
He was a professional player, but moved into coaching when his career came to an abrupt end due to knee injuries.