With many wondering why Julian Nagelsmann has agreed to join Bayern Munich, the direct rivals of his current club, the 33-year-old has now opened up on the reasons behind his decision.
The youngest coach in Bundesliga history will replace Hansi Flick once the latter leaves the Bavarian giants after the current campaign.
Nagelsmann, who will move to Bayern despite rivalling them with RB Leipzig for the Bundesliga title this season, has explained that he simply felt he could not pass on the opportunity.
"Leipzig are a special club – nevertheless, I am leaving. I made no secret of the fact that the head coach position at FC Bayern appealed to me and that I would like to take on this job if the opportunity ever arose," he told Leipzig's official website.
"The position at FC Bayern is a unique opportunity for me. I would therefore like to thank Oliver Mintzlaff and the rest of the board at RB Leipzig for finding a solution with FC Bayern and making this possible for me.
"Now we're shifting our full attention to the remaining three Bundesliga games and, of course, the DFB-Pokal semi-final, to try and finish the season as successfully as possible."
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Nagelsmann also insisted that he is still committed to Leipzig and will give everything to the club until he leaves.
"I will leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart," he added.
"I've been able to coach a special team here at a club with huge opportunities and the best possible conditions to work in.
"Our run to the Champions League semi-finals was definitely the highlight of our time together. It was a moment that I'll never forget.
"We're currently enjoying the best Bundesliga campaign in the club's history too. We want to make sure it ends up our best finish and then also lift a major trophy for the first time as well.
"It's too early to say my goodbyes and speak about my memories because I'm not done here yet in Leipzig.
"My mission may end here in the summer, but I will give my absolute all until then. We've grown into a real tight-knit bunch that finally wants to win a title."
Despite his young age, Nagelsmann has already taken charge of more than 200 senior games.
He was appointed as TSG Hoffenheim's manager in 2016, becoming the youngest head coach in German top-flight history as he led the side from 17th place when he took over to a UEFA Champions League spot in the next campaign.
He then joined RB Leipzig in 2019 and guided them to the Champions League semi-finals last season, while they are also challenging Bayern for the Bundesliga title in this campaign and could progress to the DFB-Pokal final if they beat Werder Bremen on Friday night.