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'No reason for RB Leipzig to be nervous' - Nagelsmann not interested in taking over as Dortmund coach

08-Jan-2021, 07:12 am

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JulianNagelsmannhas no intention of swapping RB Leipzig for Borussia Dortmund despite being suggested as a permanent successor to Lucien Favre.

The 33-year-old, who has a contract at the Red Bull Arena until 2023, has been touted as a candidate to take over Dortmund next season, with Edin Terzic having replaced Favre on an interim basis in December.

However, former Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmanninsists there is no need for anyone associated with Leipzig to worry about what the future holds because he intends to stay put.

"There is no reason to be tense regarding Dortmund,"Nagelsmann told reporters ahead of a Bundesliga meetingwith BVBon Saturday.

"The situation with Dortmund has remained the same as it was during my time as Hoffenheim coach. There was and there is no match.

"I am comfortable and I have big targets to achieve with Leipzig. As I said, there is no reason for anyone at RB Leipzig to get nervous regarding Dortmund."

Leipzig sit second in the Bundesliga table, six points ahead of Dortmund, who are fourth, and two adrift of leaders Bayern Munich after 14 matches.

Asked aboutNagelsmannduring a pre-match news conference on Thursday, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said:"Despite his age, Julian has had a remarkable managerial career. With Hoffenheim, he was able to work sensationally well, now he's having a just as sensational season with Leipzig.

"I believe, it is undisputed that he'sacomplete football expert. He always implements innovation into his coaching technique. He is always able to get his team to work well.

"We need to try to fight against that on Saturday. We already came up against each other a few times and it's not like we had no success at all in these match-ups.

"I see ourselves, also due to the position in the table, in the role of the hunter. We want tominimisethe gap between us and to the top of the table."

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