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Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann plays down Bayern Munich speculation

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann says he has not been approached by Bayern Munich to take charge of the German champions next season.

Earlier this month, Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern as their new coach until the end of the season following the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti, with the club saying the move has brought them more time to find a permanent solution.

Alongside former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, Nagelsmann, 30, has been strongly linked with a move to Munich, where his family is based, and was last week photographed in the city.

But speaking to reporters ahead of Hoffenheim's Bundesliga clash against Augsburg on Saturday, Nagelsmann said he has not been in contact with Bayern.

"There isn't and wasn't any approach or exchange with the club or any contact from my side," Nagelsmann said. "It's all a little bizarre how it's all being reported because there's been no offer, no approach and 0.0 percent contact from me to anybody.

"I'm often portrayed as a nomad or vagabond who keeps on changing clubs but I've been a coach here for seven years since 2010. I've come a really long way at Hoffenheim and am really grateful to have received the opportunity to coach and prove myself with the under-16, U17 and U19 sides all the way through to the first team. It's great fun.

Julian Nagelsmann during Hoffenheim's Bundesliga win against Bayern Munich.
Julian Nagelsmann has been linked with the Bayern Munich job.

"I'm focused on the job here and repeating the success we had last season. That's what spurs me on. I have nothing else in my head."

Nagelsmann added: "I wish Jupp Heynckes all the luck in the world, and hope he is similarly successful as he was in his final year in 2013 [when Bayern won the Treble] -- I better say his momentarily final year."

Addressing the picture of him in Munich, he said: "Obviously, I knew that if I went back home when Bayern were looking for a new coach that things would be written. But if my son and my partner are at my parents-in-law, I can't really tell my parents-in-law to move away because they can't live in Munich."

Earlier on Thursday, Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen also reiterated in Bild that "Bayern did not make any contact [with Nagelsmann] and a move was never an issue."

However, Rosen added that Hoffenheim, who like Bayern currently have 14 points from seven Bundesliga matches, will eventually lose Nagelsmann, under contract until 2021, to a bigger club.

"That the extraordinary person and coach Julian Nagelsmann is destined to train a big club one day, not only FC Bayern, is clear for all of those following his work for now nearly two years," Rosen said.

ESPN FC's Bayern correspondent, Mark Lovell, contributed to this report.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.


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