Ralf Rangnick Commits to Austria Role Despite Bayern Munich Talks

Ralf Rangnick has reaffirmed his commitment to his role as Austria manager, opting to stay with the national team despite holding discussions with Bayern Munich.

The former Manchester United boss, aged 65, engaged in negotiations with Bayern earlier this week amid speculation of him succeeding Thomas Tuchel, who is departing at the end of the season.

“I am the Austrian team boss with all my heart,” Rangnick stated, underscoring his dedication to his current position. He clarified that his decision is not a rejection of Bayern Munich but rather a choice in favor of his team and their collective objectives.

Rangnick is set to lead Austria at the upcoming European Championship in Germany and intends to honor his contract, which runs until 2026.

Bayern Munich, who are in search of a new manager, had focused their attention on Rangnick. However, with Rangnick opting to remain with Austria, the Bavarian club will not pursue discussions with other candidates. This development follows Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso also withdrawing from consideration for the role.

A seasoned manager with extensive experience in German football, Rangnick had previously served as interim manager at Manchester United during the 2021-22 season. His managerial career includes notable spells with clubs such as Ulm, Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke, and RB Leipzig.

Under Rangnick’s leadership, Austria achieved a commendable feat by reaching the last 16 of the Euro 2020 tournament, held in 2021. Despite their eventual elimination by eventual champions Italy, Rangnick’s influence has been instrumental in Austria’s progress on the international stage.

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