Revealed: Chelsea tried to sign former RB Leipzig manager ahead of Thomas Tuchel

By | February 17, 2021

Former RB Leipzig head-coach and chief Ralf Rangnick has suggested that Chelsea initially approached him about the manager’s job before securing the services of Thomas Tuchel.

The West London club unexpectedly sacked club legend Frank Lampard in January and immediately replaced him with German head-coach, Thomas Tuchel, who himself had lost his job at Ligue 1 defending champions Paris Saint-Germain a month before.

The 47-year-old head-coach has overseen a strong start to life in the capital with four victories and a draw in all competitions, however, former RB Leipzig boss Rangnick has since claimed that he turned down the opportunity to take charges at Old Trafford.

Speaking to The Times, Rangnick said: “I said: ‘I would like to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach.”

When asked about the prospect of managing an English side, the 62-year-old added: “It would have to be something special. It depends on the club and whether you want to work with a German coach.”

Rangnick has been out of managerial role since stepping down from his post at RB Leipzig back in 2019, where he also earned plaudits for his role as head of sport and development.