With big clubs lurking, Germany sign up Nagelsmann through to 2026 World Cup

April 19 – Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann has extended his contract until the 2026 World Cup, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Friday.

Last year, Nagelsmann succeeded Hansi Flick as Germany manager as the team struggled in preparation for Euro 2024, which Germany will host. Nagelsmann signed an initial contract until the end of this summer’s tournament.

“With successful, passionate performances, we have the chance to sweep an entire country along. The two victories against France and the Netherlands in March gave a foretaste of this,” said Nagelsmann.

“I was very touched by the enthusiasm of the fans. Together we now want to play a successful home European Championship, we are all burning for it. After that, I’m really looking forward to the challenge of a World Cup together with my coaching team.”

The DFB moved to ensure Nagelsmann doesn’t depart for an English or German club as his name has increasingly been linked to clubs in the Premier League and the Bundesliga.

The March friendly victories have boosted Germany ahead of their opening match of Euro 2024 against Scotland. They also face Hungary and Switzerland in Group A. Germany will wrap up their preparations with warmup games against Ukraine and Greece in June.

“It is a strong signal for the DFB and the national team that Julian Nagelsmann will remain national coach beyond the home European Championship. Because he is on the wish list of many big clubs all over Europe,” DFB President Bernd Neuendorf said.

“But the national team is more than just a job for Julian Nagelsmann, it’s a real affair close to his heart. Now there is planning security, and everyone can concentrate fully on a successful performance at the European Championship.”

Germany last won the European championship in 1996 when they defeated the Czech Republic in the final at Wembley.

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