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Ralf Rangnick thinks RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is ready for Bayern Munich

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Former RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has heard the rumors about Bayern Munich’s alleged interest in Dayot Upamecano and the 62-year-old thinks the French center-back could handle the move to Germany’s winningest club.

In an interview with Sport1, Rangnick detailed why he thinks now is the time for Upamecano to make a move.

RB Leipzig v Paris Saint-Germain: Group H - UEFA Champions League
Could Dayot Upamecano be a suitable replacement if Jerome Boateng and David Alaba both leave Bayern Munich?
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“Why not?” Rangnick asked rhetorically. “Bayern know this player well; you can assume that. Physically, Bayern saw that in direct duels, no one will run away from him. He might still have one or two risky balls too many in a game, but he will certainly learn in the next few years.”

Rangnick also explained why a move by Upamecano would only happen if the player’s family thought it would be in the 22-year-old’s best interests.

“I got to know Upa and his family over many years,” Rangnick said. “They make decisions that are good and sound and not just in terms of image.”

While Rangnick is optimistic about Upamecano’s potential with a club like Bayern Munich, the dust will have to settle in the Bavarian front office before the club starts is process of filling out its roster.

With Jerome Boateng leaving after this season and David Alaba’s contract in limbo, Bayern Munich has a cast of young players left to compliment Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies, Benjamin Pavard, and Bouna Sarr along the back-line. Chris Richards, Tanguy Nianzou, and Darmstadt-loanee Lars Lukas Mai are all candidates to compete for a roster spot.

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