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Julian Nagelsmann explains his decision to reject Real Madrid in 2018


Julian Nagelsmann has revealed that he rejected talks with Real Madrid in 2018 because he didn’t think the time was right for him to take such a step.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane shocked the world by stepping down from his post just five days after winning the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool, so Los Blancos quickly started putting together a list of potential substitutes.

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane surprisingly left Real in 2018 | TF-Images / Getty Images

As one of Europe’s most exciting young coaches, Nagelsmann, then in charge of Hoffenheim, was at the top of Real’s wishlist, but the German told Bild he refused. even discuss the move.

“I said it didn’t make sense at the time,” Nagelsmann said. “It would only have taken three weeks before training started, I could barely speak Spanish. It wouldn’t have been enough for me or for Madrid. ”

After missing Nagelsmann, Real chose to replace then-Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, who only lasted four months before being replaced by Castilla manager Santiago Solari, who himself was sacked five months later.

Julen Lopetegui
Lopetegui’s time in Madrid was tough | TF-Images / Getty Images

2019 saw Zidane return to the Santiago Bernabeu, while Nagelsmann moved to RB Leipzig to continue his development.

“I consider myself to be a talented coach who would like to be the best and who still has a lot of development potential,” said Nagelsmann. “I don’t have to be world coach of the year at some point, but I would love to be named one of the best coaches one day.

“If you want to get to the top, you have to win something. Outside the Under-19 Bundesliga [at Hoffenheim in 2013/14], I have no title. “

If Nagelsmann had joined Real in 2018, he could well have added that elusive silverware, but he should have done so without Cristiano Ronaldo, who left to join Juventus on a € 100million deal this summer. Nagelsmann went on to admit that he would appreciate the chance to work with the Portugal international one day.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Nagelsmann would have liked to work with Ronaldo | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

“From the outside, you often only see the person posting pictures of their yacht,” Nagelsmann added. “But what Sami Khedira told me about Ronaldo’s professional approach, for example, is impressive.

“He must be an amazing training animal, the first to come, the last to go. He is also a very warm guy. This mix is ​​extremely exciting. ”

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