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Julian Nagelsmann is set to become the new head coach of the German national team, according to reports. The former Bayern Munich manager is close to reaching a formal agreement with the German Football Association (DFB) after being chosen as the preferred candidate to replace Hansi Flick, who was sacked after the 2022 World Cup group stage exit and a 4-1 loss in a friendly against Japan recently.

Nagelsmann, who is currently without a club after being sacked by Bayern in March 2023, is expected to take a pay cut to take over the national team. The national team is prepared to offer him a contract that will run until 2026.

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The 36-year-old is regarded as one of the best young coaches in world football, having led Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig to impressive results in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He joined Bayern in 2021 for a record-breaking €25 million fee, making him the most expensive manager ever.

However, his spell at Bayern was short-lived as he was let go early, even though he had a contract valid until 2026. It is reported that the German giants had to pay him severance. Nagelsmann will now have a chance to redeem himself and prove his credentials as the new boss of Germany, one of the most prestigious and demanding jobs in world football. He will reportedly take up his duties after the European Championship 2024, which will be held in Germany from June 14 to July 14.

He will inherit a talented but underperforming squad that finished third in their group at the World Cup in Qatar, behind Spain and Japan. He will face the challenge of rebuilding the team’s confidence and identity, as well as integrating a new generation of players into his tactical system.

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The DFB and Nagelsmann are reportedly finalizing the details of his contract, which will be announced soon. The German fans will hope that he can restore the glory and pride of their national team, which has not won a major trophy since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.