In an interview with Sport Bild, RB Leipzig CEO talked through the process which led Julian Naglesmann to leave Die Roten Bullen this summer in favor of Bayern Munich.
“During the first talks, I was in the north pole and he was in the south pole. In the end we stayed in the north pole,” said Mintzlaff (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “I opened the door for Julian (to leave) because in 2019 he told me that managing Bayern was a lifelong dream for him. When the chance came, I told him:’ Okay, I can let you go but under two conditions.”
Those two conditions did not end up being much of a road block to Bayern Munich.
“First, there has to be an exorbitant fee,” said Mintzlaff. “Second, if things are not clarified until Monday before our cup semifinal vs (Werder) Bremen, then we’d announce you’re staying. I told (Bayern Munich CEO) Oliver Kahn about our conditions and told Julian: ‘If they’re fulfilled then good, otherwise you stay.”
And as they say...the rest is history.