Prolific RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has raised the enticing prospect of honing his formidable talents under the tutelage of the club’s future coach Julian Nagelsmann, with the striker even referring to the current Hoffenheim boss as, “the best coach in Germany.”
Recently back at the Saxony-based side’s training-ground headquarters following his extended summer break, Werner said he was looking forward to hitting the ground running with last season’s sixth-place Bundesliga finishers. And as well as targeting plenty of success with Leipzig in the coming campaign under interim tactician Ralf Rangnick, Werner is also relishing the 2019 date when Nagelsmann will arrive to take up the reins.
“To get such a figure is a statement to the league; Julian Nagelsmann is the best coach in Germany,” Werner said. “For me, that plays an important role in my thinking [about possible future plans]. It would be attractive to work with him for a few more years. He can bring us very far as a team and in terms of [us as] young players.”
Saying that he had, “thought about my future,” at the end of last season, the Bundesliga’s top German scorer with 21 top-flight goals in 2016/17 admitted that he was now fully focused and determined to move forward at Leipzig, the club he joined from Stuttgart on a four-year deal in 2016.
“I’ve completely switched off those thoughts now,” the Germany international explained. “I have two more years on my contract, [and want to] concentrate fully on the football side of things and on having the greatest possible success with Leipzig as we try to get back into the Champions League.”
Champions League participants last term thanks to a monumental debut campaign in the Bundesliga that saw them finish second, it is the Europa League group stage that Leipzig are attempting to reach this season, with the team from Germany’s former East currently negotiating the competition’s qualifying rounds.
For Rangnick, Werner and the rest of Leipzig’s leading lights, the Bundesliga business begins with a bang: a Matchday 1 visit to face Borussia Dortmund on 26 August.