RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann will join Bayern Munich as head coach starting July 1st, after signing a record-breaking €25-million five-year contract. Bayern has also agreed to pay Leipzig a massive €22 million fee for letting Julian go early, as the talented 33-year-old coach had two more years left on his contract.
Nagelsmann, sometimes known as “Baby Mourinho,” is the brightest new star in the coaching world and one of the best young managers in the world at the moment. After surprising many big online bookies by leading RB Leipzig to the semi-finals in the Champions League last season, Nagelsmann registered on the radar of many European teams.
After Mourinho was let go from Tottenham and it was announced that Joachim Low would leave the German national team after the European Championship in the summer, the press linked Leipzig’s star coach to both positions. Bayern was quicker than either, breaking both team and European records to bring Nagelsmann into the fold.
He will be replacing another fantastic manager on the Bayern bench. UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year winner and ex-Bayern player Hansi Flick asked to be released from his contract at the end of the season, following multiple disagreements with sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić. This will be an early termination for Bayern, as Flick’s contract was originally set to run out in 2023.
In a statement released on RB Leipzig’s official site, Nagelsmann said he would be leaving a “special club” with a “heavy heart” but that it’s still “too early to say goodbyes and speak about memories,” with his mission not done yet. He added that he never hid his desire to one day coach FC Bayern and thanked Oliver Mintzlaff and the rest of RB Leipzig’s board for “finding a solution” to make that dream a reality.