The Poland international has talked up the coaching skills of the man who has agreed to succeed Hansi Flick at the end of the season
Robert Lewandowski has expressed his excitement over Julian Nagelsmann’s appointment by Bayern Munich, insisting the current RB Leipzig boss has exceeded expectations at the start of his coaching career.
Bayern have confirmed that Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick in the Allianz Arena dugout at the end of the season. The German champions have reportedly agreed to pay Leipzig a world record compensation fee of up to €25 million (£22m/$30m) for the 33-year-old, who has committed to a five-year contract.
Lewandowski has welcomed Nagelsmann’s arrival, having seen him guide Hoffenheim to the Champions League before turning Leipzig into an elite force on both the domestic and European stage.
“I don’t know Julian Nagelsmann well, but what I can say is that he always manages to raise teams to a level that you don’t imagine,” the Bayern striker told Sport Bild .
“The performance of Nagelsmann’s teams is mostly above expectations, it’s about more than the quality of a single player.”
Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness added to Sky Germany : “Nagelsmann is a very good choice.”
Lewandowski will be sad to see Flick leave Bayern, though, having enjoyed a strong relationship with the 56-year-old throughout his tenure.
“He’s not only a great coach, he’s also a great person,” said the Polish striker. “You can also talk to him about private matters.
“We have achieved historic things with Hansi Flick. That was by far my best time at Bayern, he always gave us a clear plan of what to expect.”