MANCHESTER UNITED are firmly in the running to be Julian Nagelsmann's role in management, according to bookmakers Betfair.
The highly-rated RB Leipzig boss sparked interest from Premier League clubs yesterday after revealing his 'big aim' to manage in English football.
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And there's no shortage of potential destinations for the ambitious 33-year-old.
Real Madrid are the leading contenders to install Nagelsmann as manager when his contract at the Red Bull Arena expires in June 2023.
The Spanish champions wanted him after parting ways with Zinedine Zidane back in 2018 but he rejected their advances.
He told the BBC: "It is true I had a phone call from Real Madrid. I was not the only one they got in touch with.
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"They wanted to talk to me and get to know me and get to know my philosophy. I made the right decision, it was not that easy because Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs."
The Red Devils are 5/1 Premier League favourites to appoint Nagelsmann, whose side knocked United out of this year's Champions League.
Julian Nagelsmann next club odds – Betfair
- Real Madrid – 5/6
- Manchester United – 5/1
- Barcelona – 6/1
- Manchester City – 9/1
- Liverpool – 10/1
- Arsenal – 33/1
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Barcelona follow at 6/1 with Manchester City further back at 9s.
RB Leipzig's Champions League last-16 opponents Liverpool are also in contention at 10/1 with Nagelsmann considered the natural successor to compatriot Jurgen Klopp.
Arsenal complete the six-runner field at a distant 33/1.
Nagelsmann, who finished third in last year's UEFA Men's Coach of the Year award, thinks he'll serve the remainder of his contract with Leipzig but 'can imagine' working in England.
He told the Telegraph: "I have a contract now until 2023 so I think I will stay in Leipzig.
"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.
"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.
"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."
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