Bayern appoint RB Leipzig's head coach Julian Nagelsmann as Hansi Flick's successor

2021-04-27 12:05:41 GMT2021-04-27 20:05:41(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BERLIN, April 27 (Xinhua) -- RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick to take charge of Bayern Munich on July 1 after putting pen to paper on a five-year deal with the German giants, both Bundesliga clubs confirmed on Tuesday.

After a lot of back and forth, the 33-year-old has signed a contract until June 2026 and will take the reins for the start of the new season. Meanwhile, Bayern met Hansi Flick's desire to rescind his contract, which ran until June 2023, at the end of the current season.

"Julian Nagelsmann stands for a new generation of coaches," said Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer. "Despite his young age he has had an impressive career. We are convinced that with Julian Nagelsmann we will build on the great successes of the past few years."

Nagelsmann, whose playing career was ended by an injury at the age of 20, joined Leipzig from rivals Hoffenheim in June 2018. In his first season as Leipzig head coach, Nagelsmann ensured a top-three Bundesliga finish.

In last season's UEFA Champions League he led Leipzig into the knockout stages for the first time before losing to Paris Saint-Germain in the semifinals.

In 90 games as Leipzig's head coach, Nagelsmann oversaw 53 wins, 21 draws and 16 defeats.

"I have never made a secret of the fact that I am excited about the coaching position at Bayern Munich and that I would be happy to take on this job if this unique opportunity should arise," said Nagelsmann who became the youngest head coach in the Bundesliga's history after taking the helm at Hoffenheim in 2016.

"It is something very special for me to take on the position of coach at Bayern. I would therefore like to thank Oliver Mintzlaff and everyone in charge at Leipzig for finding a solution with Bayern," Nagelsmann told the club's official homepage.

With three rounds to spare in the current Bundesliga season, Leipzig sit in second place with a seven-point gap to leaders Bayern Munich, who can clinch their ninth consecutive Bundesliga title with a win over Borussia Monchengladbach on May 8.

For now, Nagelsmann wants to fully focus the last three games of the campaign "and of course on the German Cup semifinals in order to end this season as successfully as possible." Enditem