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Nagelsmann snubs Bayern Munich and extends deal to coach Germany

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Julian Nagelsmann will continue as Germany head coach beyond this summer’s European Championship having signed a two-year contract extension.

The 36-year-old was widely expected to quit the role after Euro 2024 and return to Bayern Munich but has opted to remain with Die Mannschaft and lead their challenge to qualify for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Nagelsmann told the DFB’s official website: “This is a decision of the heart. It is a great honour to be able to train the national team and work with the best players in the country. 

“With successful, passionate performances, we have the chance to carry an entire country with us. The two victories against France and the Netherlands in March gave a foretaste of this. 

“The enthusiasm of the fans touched me a lot. Together we now want to play a successful home European Championship. After that, together with my coaching team, I am very much looking forward to the challenge of a World Cup.”

DFB president Bernd Neuendorf admitted the organisation had to see off competition from elsewhere to tie Nagelsmann down.

He said: “It is a strong signal from the DFB and the national team that Julian Nagelsmann will remain national team coach beyond the home European Championship because he is on the wish list of many big clubs throughout Europe. 

“But the national team is more than a job for Julian Nagelsmann, it is a matter close to his heart. 

“Now there is planning certainty, and everyone can concentrate fully on a successful performance at the European Championship.”

Nagelsmann has won three of his six games in charge after succeeding Hansi Flick, including friendly successes against France and the Netherlands.

The DFB’s joy will be in stark contrast to the frustration felt in Munich. Thomas Tuchel’s departure at the end of the season was expected to see a return to the Allianz Arena for Nagelsmann who was sacked by Bayern in March 2023.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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