Nagelsmann to Spurs: Ex-Man Utd boss urges 35-year-old to take on ‘exciting’ project

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Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick Credit: Alamy
Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick Credit: Alamy

Former Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has advised Julian Nagelsmann to join Tottenham.

Nagelsmann is the current favourite to replace Antonio Conte at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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He was strongly linked with the Chelsea job following the sacking of Graham Potter, but withdrew from the running last week.

The German would be a very ambitious appointment for Tottenham – who dismissed interim boss Cristian Stellini on Monday after the embarrassing 6-1 loss at Newcastle.

Dismissed by Bayern Munich last month, Nagelsmann is currently out of work, but is unlikely to take on a job until the summer as he is on gardening leave.

This could suit Spurs, although their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are fading away, and they will be relying on Ryan Mason to end the season on a good note if a permanent boss is not appointed.

The lack of Champions League football could put Nagelsmann off, with Harry Kane’s future also expected to play a part in the recruitment of the club’s next manager.

Kane is out of contract in 2024 and reports suggest he is unlikely to agree fresh terms, meaning Spurs could be forced to sell him this summer.

Manchester United and Bayern are both very keen, though Daniel Levy is expected to ask for at least £100million from any domestic rival.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Kane and which European competition Spurs will be playing in, ex-Red Devils boss Rangnick thinks Nagelsmann should join the north Londoners.

“I think Tottenham are an exciting club in more ways than one,” Rangnick told Sky Sports.

“They probably have one of the most modern, beautiful stadiums in the world at the moment.

“They have one of the best training centres there is at the moment and Daniel Levy, who has been running the club for many, many years.”

Rangnick did note that Nagelsmann would work best with a sporting director.

“If Tottenham really want him, then I think it would be important if a sporting director was still there to stand by him,” he said.

Fabio Paratici was the club’s sporting director from July 1 until April 21, leaving his role after losing his appeal against a 30-month Italian Football Federation ban on certain football-related activities, which FIFA ruled to extend worldwide.

On Nagelsmann potentially joining Spurs, Rangnick added: “This can be a very, very exciting story. There’s room for improvement, a lot of room for improvement, and yet it’s not a club where you expect to finish in the top one, two or three right away.”

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