JULIAN NAGELSMANN is being lined up to replace Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich, club legend Lothar Matthaus has claimed.
The former midfielder, 60, has predicted a huge turnover at the top of German football with Flick taking the national team job and RB Leipzig boss Nagelsmann heading to Bavaria.
Julian Nagelsmann has been tipped to take over at Bayern MunichCredit: Getty
The German giants could lose coach Hansi Flick in the summerCredit: Getty
A rift has reportedly emerged at Bayern, who were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday, between the coach and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
And while Nagelsmann has denied any links to the club, Matthaus believes discussions are already underway.
He told Sky Sports in Germany: “I already said two weeks ago that in my opinion, this is Hansi Flick’s last season.
“I’ve said that Hansi Flick is right at the top of the [German FA] DFB’s list.. There’s an offer from the DFB.
“So, they want Hansi Flick and I think – or rather, I’m convinced – that Hansi Flick will no longer be Bayern coach after this season.”
The German added: “Munich have already chatted a bit with Nagelsmann, including about financial matters.
“Before the start of this season, Flick said that the coach should have a vote on new signings, which I think is right. As a coach, what am I going to do with players who I perhaps don’t want?
“I think it’s got too much for Hansi, and then the offer, the opportunity is there to become Jogi Low’s successor.”
Matthaus believes a big shake-up is about to occur in German footballCredit: Getty Images – Getty
What is certain is Joachim Low’s exit as Germany boss in the summerCredit: Reuters
Joachim Low will leave his role as Germany coach after Euro 2020 with his replacement not yet announced.
Flick taking the role would, in turn, open up another of European football’s biggest jobs, at Bayern.
Nagelsmann, 33, is one of the country’s top coaches with success at Hoffenheim and Leipzig.
But he shot down the notion of leaving for Munich, and said: “There were and there are no talks with Bayern.
“I have no idea where Lothar got this information from. This of course also applies to my agents, there were no talks.
“I have not spoken to the club because there will be nothing to discuss. I still have a contract with RB until 2023.”
Despite losing to Paris Saint-Germain on away goals, silverware is very much on the horizon for Bayern.
A five-point lead over Leipzig keeps them top of the Bundesliga amid the speculation over Flick’s future.
We still have six games in the Bundesliga and that’s what we’re concentrating on now.
The makeup of the squad and the club’s transfer plans are said to be a huge area of disagreement between the 56-year-old and Salihamidzic.
Speaking after the game in Paris, Flick assured: “The relationship is stable and nothing will change about that.
“We still have six games in the Bundesliga and that’s what we’re concentrating on now.”
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