Nagelsmann dreams of Barca role

RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann admits he has ambitions of one day managing Barcelona.

The 32-year-old has been earmarked for the past few years as one of the most exciting coaches in Europe after enjoying a great introduction to management.

He took the reins at Hoffenheim in February 2016 aged 28 and subsequently became the youngest ever manager in the Bundesliga.

During his spell at the PreZero Arena, he guided them from relegation trouble in his first season to safety by one point.

Then, in the 2016-17 season, he guided Hoffenheim to fourth place and a spot in the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

He signed a new long-term deal and took Hoffenheim one better in 2017-18 as they finished third.

Last season was more challenging for Die Kraichgauer as they ended the season in ninth, though that did not stop Champions League outfit Leipzig from poaching him to be their new manager.

The former Augsburg player has guided Leipzig to second in the table, one point adrift of Borussia Monchengladbach, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund’s shaky form making this one of the most open Bundesliga seasons in recent memory.

Their 3-1 win against old club Hoffenheim on Saturday means Die Roten Bullen have now won five matches in a row.

Nagelsmann’s achievements at a young age have seen him linked with multiple jobs, including Barcelona.

And, he admits it would be a tempting prospect one day, but insists his current focus is on the Saxony-based club.

“I’ve said many times: Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club,” he told ZDF. “But they are not the only club that is attractive.”