RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is the favourite with bookmakers to become the next Tottenham Hotspur manager.
At 3/1 with the bookmakers, the German, who is reportedly on Spurs’ radar to potentially replace Jose Mourinho as head coach, is leading the way ahead of Rafael Benitez, Steven Gerrard, and Diego Simeone.
Following a 3-0 loss against Manchester City last month, it had been reported that Mourinho‘s long-term future at the club was under intense scrutiny, despite guiding the club to the Carabao Cup final – which takes place against Pep Guardiola’s side next month.
Nagelsmann’s stock continues to rise within the game and he guided RB Leipzig to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, while Mourinho’s future in north London is in doubt after their Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
And amid Nagelsmann’s links to Spurs, interestingly, the 33-year-old has admitted that he can imagine following in the footsteps of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – whom he’s been likened to – by managing in England one day.
However, Nagelsmann has effectively revealed that it will be difficult for Spurs to lure him away from Leipzig prior to his contract expiring.
“I have a contract now until 2023 so I think I will stay in Leipzig,” said Nagelsmann in an interview with the Telegraph.
“The Premier League is a very interesting league and I can imagine it could be a big aim to be a big manager in the Premier League one day like Jurgen who is very successful.
“It could be a step in the future.”
Talk of Spurs landing Nagelsmann has left many supporters excited, while others have expressed their concern about the links.
With that said, he has also hinted at staying in Germany for his whole career – which would rule out the prospect of ever joining the north London outfit.
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“But, you know, in soccer it’s not that easy to plan ‘how long will you be a manager in Leipzig? When will you go to the Premier League?’ I could imagine going to the Premier League,” he added.
“I could imagine staying as a manager in the Bundesliga for my whole career. It’s cool to be a manager in my own country. I love it.
“But then perhaps in the future we can meet face-to-face in the Premier League, who knows.”