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Bayern Munich find new coach

The successor to Thomas Tuchel has been identified. There were doubts about Xabi Alonso or Julian Nagelsmann arriving this summer, as both were approached by Bayern Munich. However, Alonso decided to continue at Bayer Leverkusen, and Nagelsmann extended his contract with the German federation until 2026. Following this, Unai Emery (Aston Villa) and Zinedine Zidane were considered, but the favourite turned out to be Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick has the advantage of speaking the language and having a deep understanding of the Bundesliga. Currently coaching Austria, he is expected to take over unless there’s a surprising turn of events. According to Bild, Rangnick has informed Bayern Munich of his desire to lead the team. Discussions are set to intensify with hopes of reaching an agreement soon.

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Bayern Munich nearing the finish line

However, Bayern must convince Austria to release Rangnick, who is under contract until 2026. When asked about this, Bayern President Herbert Hainer confirmed ongoing discussions, stating, “We are on the right track. Ralf would be a very good choice for us.” Meanwhile, CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen was more cryptic, comparing the situation to weather forecasts, saying, “It’s like weather forecasts: sometimes showers come in April when we don’t expect them, sometimes the sun comes in May.”

It seems the sky is clearing in May after several setbacks. Germans hope to announce their decision very soon. However, Kicker reports that it may not happen before the return match against Real Madrid on May 8. This was acknowledged by sporting director Max Eberl, who said, “We want planning security, which we will ensure internally. But the two matches against Real are fundamentally important for the season to be the best possible.” So, we’ll have to wait until after the semi-finals, or maybe a bit longer, for Bayern Munich to finalize this deal, as they still need to come to terms with Rangnick and the Austrian federation.

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