Julian Nagelsmann can keep the trophies coming for Bayern Munich, with Oliver Kahn forecasting a “very successful” future under the leadership of the incoming coach.
The 33-year-old Nagelsmann will leave RB Leipzig at the end of the season after agreeing a five-year contract with Bayern.
A world-record fee for a coach was reportedly agreed to secure the man who will take over from Hansi Flick, with Bayern expected to hand over at least €20million.
They may recoup some of that if Flick, who asked to be released from his contract, is appointed head coach of Germany.
By hiring such a young coach, Bayern are making a major statement about their intentions, seeing Nagelsmann as a long-term prospect.
Kahn, who will step up from his role on the board to become Bayern CEO at the end of the year, said: “Julian’s contract length of five years alone shows how committed he is to FC Bayern.
“I am convinced that FC Bayern’s sporting future will be a very successful one with Julian Nagelsmann.”
130 – Since Julian Nagelsmann took charge in 2019, @RBLeipzig_EN gathered 130 points in the @Bundesliga_EN – only @FCBayernEN collected more points (153) in that period. Transfer. pic.twitter.com/s4oc8RjDxV
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Goalkeeping great Kahn believes the team are in safe hands with the incoming boss, but he also praised Flick for his contribution.
Since taking over from the sacked Niko Kovac in November 2019, Flick has steered Bayern to six trophies, including a treble of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League last season.
A seventh trophy of Flick’s brief reign should arrive in May, with Bayern on the brink of a ninth successive Bundesliga title.
“My thanks go to Hansi Flick,” Kahn said. “He’s led FC Bayern to great successes with great football. We have now fulfilled his wish to leave FC Bayern before the end of his contract. All the best, Hansi!”
Reports suggested Flick and Hasan Salihamidzic have been at odds over team matters, including player recruitment.
With Flick no longer needing to concern himself with such matters, they may be able to part on peaceful terms.
“I want to express my thanks to Hansi Flick,” said Salihamidzic.
“After taking on the role of head coach nearly one and a half years ago, we have celebrated many victories and titles, with the treble in 2020 being the high point. His name will always be associated with these successes. I wish him all the best for the road ahead.”
Clearly, Salihamidzic is looking forward to working with Nagelsmann, having been impressed by the discussions with the coach that have led to this point.
In 90 games with Leipzig, Nagelsmann has earned 53 wins and 21 draws and suffered 16 defeats – achieving a healthy win percentage of 58.9 per cent.
“The talks with Julian have been very cooperative and constructive,” Salihamidzic said. “We are going to have a lot of joy with him – of that I am sure.”
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