The RB Leipzig coach was then coaching Hoffenheim when Zinedine Zidane left his post at Real Madrid. In an interview with The Independant, Nagelsmann reveals that José Angel Sanchez, the general manager of the Spanish club, approached him. “At first, I was surprised, I weighed the pros and cons, but I was not comfortable with the idea of going there. I wanted to progress, but if you go to Real immediately, you don’t have time to improve as a coach. (…) I want to be one of the best in the future and if you go to Real Madrid or Barcelona, the fans, the media and the leaders don’t leave you time to become one. The 31-year-old coach also revealed that he couldn’t see where he could have gone next: “You’re 31, you’re at Real, and then what? “
Julen Lopetegui, former Spain coach will finally take over the job, only for a few weeks, before Santiago Solari takes his place, then ZZ returns to command after the poor results.