Sports director gone, high achievers gone – now coach Julian Nagelsmann is saying goodbye: RB Leipzig is facing a mega-upheaval. Managing director Oliver Mintzlaff (45) looks to the future with optimism.
When asked if RB was falling apart, Mintzlaff said the picture: “No, not at all. In the past we always had changes on the coach, director and player side. And we came back stronger every year and were able to develop further. And I am also sure that we will take the next step again We remain ambitious and do not act under pressure here, but self-determined. “
On Monday, the club announced the departure of sports director Markus Krösche (40). In addition, central defender Dayot Upamecano (21) is a top performer for FC Bayern, while rumors about Ibrahima Konate (21), another defensive talent from Saxony, are also making the rounds.
On Tuesday morning it was clear: Leipzig would also lose Julian Nagelsmann (33): The head coach also went to Bayern Munich and inherited Hansi Flick there.
RB Leipzig: “Clear plan” if Nagelsmann leaves
“Ralf did a great job for RB Leipzig and played a major role in the sporting development. Julian has now seamlessly connected to it for two years and developed the club further and brought it to the next level. Now we are looking ahead and are looking at new solutions,” explained Mintzlaff.
Mintzlaff emphasized that one could also compensate for bloodletting in the squad. With Josko Gvardiol, Mohamed Simakan and Brian Brobbey he already referred to three permanent newcomers, plus the long-term injuries Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai: “Then we are talking about five strong newcomers for the new season. Now already.” The team will also be “adjusted even further” in the summer, he announced and did not rule out the possibility of players leaving. His conclusion: “The spirit in the club is excellent.”