Ralph Hasenhüttl out at RB Leipzig (Sport1)
It was not a banner season for RB Leipzig season given the talent at its disposal. Despite earning a Europa League bid, Die Roten Bullen was not consistent and fell short of the heights they hoped to achieve given the skill on the roster. Per a report by Sport1 and subsequently confirmed by Leipzig’s twitter account, Leipzig and coach Ralph Hasenhüttl have parted ways after the disappointment of failing to secure a Champions League berth.
Ralph Hasenhüttl and RB Leipzig go their separate ways. After the failed talks for a contract extension, the Austrian is no longer RB coach. The end of coach Ralph Hasenhüttl at RB Leipzig is sealed. This report several media consistently. An official confirmation is still pending. The separation took place one day after the Austrian in a meeting with CEO Oliver Mintzlaff and sporting director Ralf Rangnick on Tuesday after SPORT1 information no new contract offer had been made. Hasenhüttl’s contract ran until summer 2019.
RB Leipzig confirmed the report on its official Twitter account.
BREAKING ⚪— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) May 16, 2018
RB Leipzig have granted Ralph #Hasenhüttl's wish to terminate his contract with #DieRotenBullen prematurely. The club had hoped to continue working with our head coach until his current contract ended in summer 2019. pic.twitter.com/uD3UKdJMYd
Given the search for Jupp Heynckes’ had a lot of twists and turns, it is easy to wonder if Hasenhüttl could have been a fit in Munich.
Hasenhuttl leaves Leipzig. If only Bayern had waited a few weeks before plumping for Niko Kovac.— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) May 16, 2018
Mesut Ozil headed to Paris? (Football.London)
After being named to the provisional squad for Die Mannschaft, has Mesut Ozil began to ponder what his future at Arsenal looks like without Arsene Wagner?
Paris Saint-Germain have emerged has favourites with bookmakers Ladbrokes to sign Arsenal star Mesut Ozil this summer. The German international - once the Gunners’ record signing when he arrived from La Liga giants Real Madrid almost five years ago - hasn’t featured for the club since sustaining a back injury during the Europa League semifinal second leg defeat against Atletico Madrid earlier in the month. Even though it is just three months removed from when the 29-year-old put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Gunners, Ladbrokes believe there’s a good chance that the playmaker will move on in the summer transfer window.
Hmm...ok, well that seems a little far-feteched, but how does this relate to Bayern Munich?
PSG - now managed by Ozil’s compatriot in Thomas Tuchel - are slight favourites at 2/1, ahead of newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich who are priced at 5/2. A reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is 4/1, while a move to Los Blancos’ fierce rivals Barcelona is 5/1 and joining the recent trend of a lucrative switch to any Chinese Super club is 8/1.
Ah, ok. We won’t hold our breathe on that.
VfB Stuttgart brass details its pursuit of Sebastian Rudy (SportBild)
Sebastian Rudy might have had an up-and-down season in Munich, but his value still remains high. As SportBild detailed, the Stuttgart front office is still “playing poker” in hopes of being dealt a hand that includes Rudy.
Last Saturday, VfB bosses headed by President Wolfgang Dietrich (69) made another attempt. On their agenda at the traditional meal with Bayern officials before the duel on the final day in Munich: A transfer from national player Sebastian Rudy (28)! The midfielder is the dream player of sports director Michael Reschke and coach Tayfun Korkut.
Rudy, for his part, is still confident that he has a solid future in Munich.
”I’m still confident that I will play at Bayern next season ,” said Rudy. New coach Niko Kovac likes to work with a big squad, so far, Rudy has received no signal that his qualities will not be in demand. Only if this were the case, would the man who came free transfer from Hoffenheim and highly regarded in the team, deal with a change.
Yeeees!! #miasanmia pic.twitter.com/Ll5JqSdFwj— Sebastian Rudy (@BastiRudy) May 13, 2018
The Top 10 moments of the Bundesliga season (Bundesliga.com)
The Bundesliga website compiled what it thought were some of the best moments of the season. Agree or disagree, they are there for your viewing pleasure; including a portion dedicated to James Rodriguez:
James certainly has given himself quite something to live up to after a stunning first season in Germany. The talent that convinced UEFA Champions League defending champions and finalists Madrid to invest heavily in him after the 2014 FIFA World Cup was reawakened in Bavaria where he was the on-field catalyst of many of Bayern’s top moments, including his virtuoso performance in the Der Klassiker dismissal of Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 28, and a gravity-defying free-kick to give the Rückrunde a spectacular, winning start against Bayer Leverkusen.
James dropped a nice quote about his hopes to stay in Munich long term.
I’m very happy with this and I hope I can win more trophies. In the end this is what you’re working towards.
Another Bayern celebration video (Bundesliga.com)
Bundesliga.com provided more video of the Bayern party from Saturday night.