RB Leipzing have confirmed that Julian Nagelsmann will be their new head coach, but only after the culmination of the 2018/19 season.
Nagelsmann will remain in charge at Hoffenheim for one last season, where he famously became youngest manager in Bundesliga history (largely out of necessity) when he assumed control of the first team in February 2016, aged just 28.
1899 were wallowing down in 17th on that day, but went on to deliver themselves from relegation thanks to the fresh impetus afforded to them by their budding coach.
Since then, the club have finished 4th and 3rd under his inspired, progressive tutelage.
Having already been linked heavily with Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, it’s been announced this afternoon that Nagelsmann will continue his prolific progression with cash-rich Leipzig, who, for the record, finished sixth in the German top flight last season.
— RB Leipzig (@DieRotenBullen) June 21, 2018
Nagelsmann has agreed a four-year contract at Leipzig, which will begin after he has led Hoffenheim into the Champions League for the very first time.
The 30-year-old is under contract at his current club until June 2021, but facilitated the move to Leipzig by triggering a release clause that lies therein.
Speaking to the Hoffenheim website, Nagelsmann explained the situation:
It was important to me to ensure clear conditions.
I owe it to Hoffenheim and all of its employees, as well as to the team and the fans, in a historic season in which we are competing in the Champions League for the first time, not to have constant assumptions about me and my future.
Now everyone knows and we can focus professionally on the upcoming, difficult tasks.
Everyone knows that I will be burning and doing everything I can to reach our ambitious goals until the last hour of my commitment to Hoffenheim.
Say what you like about Leipzig and their swollen corporate bankrolling, but By ‘Eck is this a smart piece of business on their part.