After two successful seasons at RB Leipzig, Julian Nagelsmann will leave the club on 30th June 2021. The 33-year-old will take over as head coach of FC Bayern München for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
Julian Nagelsmann joined RB Leipzig in summer 2019 from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. In his first season in charge, he guided the Bulls to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga and into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
His second season at RBL has also been a success. The team made it through the Champions League group stages, and qualified for the round of 16. The Bulls are currently in second place in the Bundesliga, and need just one more point to qualify for the Champions League once again, while also having advanced to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal.
Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO of RB Leipzig:
- “There has been a lot of activity over the past few days regarding the role as head coach of FC Bayern Munich. Following this, Julian Nagelsmann approached us and expressed in open talks that it is a lifelong dream of his to become coach of FC Bayern, and that he would like to make the move to Munich if the opportunity presented itself after the end of this season.
Julian has taken a fantastic path in Leipzig and developed the club very successfully. He has not only improved individual players but has also taken the team as a collective to the next level.
We signed a long-term contract that did not originally include an exit scenario. However, Julian’s strong desire to coach FC Bayern has led us to the decision that the door is open after intensive talks, provided certain prerequisites are met.
In the negotiations with FC Bayern representatives, we have been successful in obtaining our financial goals. Now we have to tackle the remaining games of this season with Julian and his team so that we can make this the most successful campaign in our club’s history. A statement regarding Julian’s successor will be made soon.
Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig head coach:
- Since my first game in August 2019 against VfL Osnabrück, RB Leipzig, the whole region and all the staff and players here have meant so much to me. We’ve experienced so many special things during our eventful time together.
I will leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart. I’ve been able to coach a special team here at a club with huge opportunities and the best possible conditions to work in. Everybody here, including the staff who work alongside the team, have ensured that we’ve written plenty of stories for the club’s history books and are continuing to do so now. I’m really proud of that.
Our run to the Champions League semi-finals was definitely the highlight of our time together. It was a moment that I’ll never forget. 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 as well.
It’s too early to say my goodbyes and speak about my memories because I’m not done here yet in Leipzig. My mission may end here in the summer, but I will give my absolute all until then. We’ve grown into a real tight-knit bunch that finally wants to win a title.
Leipzig are a special club – nevertheless, I am leaving. I made no secret of the fact that the head coach position at FC Bayern München appealed to me and that I would like to take on this job if the opportunity ever arose. The position at FC Bayern is a unique opportunity for me. I would therefore like to thank Oliver Mintzlaff and the rest of the board at RB Leipzig for finding a solution with FC Bayern and making this possible for me.
Now we’re shifting our full attention to the remaining three Bundesliga games and of course the DFB-Pokal semi-final, to try and finish the season as successfully as possible.