Bayern Munich have hired Julian Nagelsmann to replace outgoing Hansi Flick as coach for next season, the club announced on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Leipzig coach will move to Bayern on July 1 with a contract that will last until 2026. Bayern said they agreed to terminate Flick’s contract after he asked to be released early.
Leipzig did not say how much he received as compensation from Bayern, but CEO Oliver Minzlaff said the club had “achieved our financial goals”.
Nagelsman has been in Leipzig for three years and has led the team to the Champions League semi-finals in 2020. Leipzig is second only to Bayern in the Bundesliga standings and has reached the semi-finals of the German Cup.
Nagelsman was the youngest head coach in league history when he took over Hoffenheim at the age of 28 in 2016. The team then qualified for the Champions League for the first time in its history.
Nagelsmann is a professional player, but switched to coaching when his career ended early due to knee injuries.
“Julian Nagelsman means a new generation of coaches,” said Bayern president Herbert Heiner. “Despite his young age, he has already built an impressive career. We are convinced that we will build on the great successes of recent years together with Julian Nagelsman. “
Bayern were forced to look for a new coach after Flick said this month that he wanted to leave the club, despite having a contract until 2023. Flick won the championship, the German Cup and the Champions League last season with Bayern and is on the verge of another title .
Bayern will secure the Bundesliga title if they win their next match on May 8 against Borussia Monchengladbach or if Leipzig loses to Borussia Dortmund the same day.
Flick, 56, is linked to the work of the German national team, which will be vacant after Joachim Loew retired after this year’s European Championship. Flick was Löw’s assistant from 2006-14.