Journalist claims Spurs will find it difficult to lure Nagelsmann to the club

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German football journalist Raphael Honigstein has claimed that RB Leipzig have no intention of allowing Julian Nagelsmann to leave the club.

Tottenham Hotspur parted company with Jose Mourinho yesterday after seventeen months in charge of the North Londoners leaving the club in seventh place in the Premier League, having picked up two points from their past three top flight games, and were surprisingly knocked out of the Europa League in March.

Nagelsmann has emerged as a frontrunner to replace the Portuguese with The Sun reporting that he could arrive before the summer despite having two years to run on his current deal with the Bundesliga outfit.

With Hansi Flick announcing he wants to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season (BBC), Nagelsmann is also on the radar of the German juggernaut (The Times).

Honigstein believes that if it comes down to a choice between Spurs or Bayern, the 33-year-old would jump at the chance to take over at the Allianz Arena.

He told talkSPORT:  “Leipzig have no intention of releasing Julian Naglesmann and will fight tooth and nail not to let him go.  He has no release clause, the slightly bigger issue is he would very much like to go to Bayern Munich next season.

“I think this is a guy who is hugely ambitious and has very openly talked about talking to Real Madrid and said no to Real Madrid because he didn’t think he is ready.  But that is an indication of how he sees himself.

“If it’s between Tottenham and Bayern, for him, it’s not a consideration.  He is from a place very near Munich, his family are from Munich and was a Bayern fan growing up.

“Even with a potential Super League club in Spurs, I still think Bayern are in a different category of club and he wants to go to that kind of club next.  Whether Leipzig will let him or not, we don’t know but that’s his plan as far as I know and I think Spurs are going to find it very difficult to change that.”

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