Dayot Upamecano says he came close to signing for Man United aged 17

‘I wanted to sign for them straight away!’ Dayot Upamecano says he came close to signing for Man United aged 17 before turning them down after talks with Red Bull supremo Ralf Rangnick as French defender prepares to leave Leipzig for Bayern Munich

  • Dayot Upamecano is poised to join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig in summer
  • But his career path could have been quite different if he’d joined Man United
  • They were interested in signing the French defender back when he was 17
  • Upamecano was keen but was persuaded to reconsider by Ralf Rangnick
  • He went on to play for Red Bull Salzburg and then RB Leipzig
  • United were linked with the 22-year-old prior to his agreed move to Bayern  

Dayot Upamecano has spoken about how he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United at the age of 17.

The France international, 22, is now regarded as one of the most accomplished central defenders in world football and is poised to join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig ahead of next season.

Bayern paid his release clause of £38.5million to bolster their back line – but Upamecano’s career path could have been quite different.

Dayot Upamecano has spoken about how he almost joined Manchester United at the age of 17

The French defender was persuaded by Red Bull sporting director Ralf Rangnick to join them

The French defender was persuaded by Red Bull sporting director Ralf Rangnick to join them

In an interview, he said that United registered their interest in him as a teenager.

‘I was a young boy. I wanted to sign for them straight away,’ he told The Athletic.

‘Manchester United! But then my parents took me aside and said: ‘Let’s think carefully about this.’

Upamecano, who at that stage was in the youth team at French club Valenciennes, was instead persuaded by Ralf Rangnick, then the sporting director at Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig, to join them.

He was moved to Red Bull’s feeder club Liefering in Austria and within a year moved up to Red Bull Salzburg and then on to RB Leipzig in 2017.

Upamecano (right) is poised to leave RB Leipzig and sign for Bayern Munich in the summer

Upamecano (right) is poised to leave RB Leipzig and sign for Bayern Munich in the summer

He was linked with a move to Manchester United recently but could have joined them aged 17

He was linked with a move to Manchester United recently but could have joined them aged 17

Upamecano has since played 151 matches for the Bundesliga side over five seasons but will move on to Bayern this summer. He has made three appearances for France.

He added: ‘We thought about it for a long time and then decided that going ‘etape par etape’ [step by step] was the best option for me. Everything Ralf said came true.’

His reputation has since grown considerably and United were among a number of clubs linked with Upamecano over the past two years.

Upamecano has the opportunity to finish his Leipzig career with a piece of silverware when they take on Borussia Dortmund in the final of the German Cup on Thursday night.

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Jesse Marsch announced as Julian Nagelsmann’s replacement at RB Leipzig

Jesse Marsch announced as Julian Nagelsmann’s replacement at RB Leipzig as American boss returns to club following spells with sister teams New York Red Bulls and RB Salzburg

  • RB Leipzig have confirmed their next boss after Julian Nagelsmann’s exit 
  • American Jesse Marsch will take over when Nagelsmann joins Bayern Munich
  • Marsch is at RB Salzburg now and has been in Red Bull’s programme since 2015
  • He managed New York Red Bulls and has been assistant at Leipzig previously 

American coach Jesse Marsch has been announced as RB Leipzig’s next manager, replacing Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann at the helm.

Marsch has been with the Red Bull programme since 2015, first managing New York Red Bulls before heading to the Bundesliga to become assistant boss at Leipzig.

After working for a season under Ralf Rangnick and helping the side to third place in the Bundesliga and the final of the German Cup, he moved to RB Salzburg where he took up the top job, replacing soon-to-be Dortmund boss Marco Rose. 

Jesse Marsch has been confirmed as Julian Nagelsmann’s replacement at RB Leipzig

Marsch has enjoyed a successful time in Austria with Leipzig's sister side RB Salzburg

Marsch has enjoyed a successful time in Austria with Leipzig’s sister side RB Salzburg

He has impressed in two seasons in Austria, taking the side to the league title in his first season, while they are six points clear and closing in on a defence this time around.

Marsch has signed a two-year contract through until June 2023 and will arrive in the summer with the aim of closing the gap to Bayern Munich at the top of the table.

A former professional himself, the 47-year-old has two caps for the USA and played 349 times in MLS for the likes of Chicago Fire and Chivas USA.

Nagelsmann will leave Leipzig in the summer to become boss of boyhood side Bayern Munich

Nagelsmann will leave Leipzig in the summer to become boss of boyhood side Bayern Munich

Nagelsmann (right) replaces Hansi Flick in German football's managerial merry-go-round

Nagelsmann (right) replaces Hansi Flick in German football’s managerial merry-go-round

Speaking about the appointment, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said: ‘In Jesse Marsch, we have been able to recruit our main head coach and quickly fill the most important position in the sporting side of the club with a top coach.

‘Jesse has been part of the Red Bull football group for over six years now and has done incredible work in all his roles so far, constantly developing step-by-step. It’s of course a great advantage that he already worked for a year at RB Leipzig. 

‘Jesse knows the club, the city of Leipzig and, above all, the club and playing philosophy. Alongside his qualities as a coach, Jesse is characterised above all by his positively ambitious style, which he uses to motivate and engage the people and around the club.

Marsch is a former player himself, making over 350 MLS appearances (pictured in 2000)

Marsch is a former player himself, making over 350 MLS appearances (pictured in 2000)

The 47-year-old coach will try and wrap up another Austrian Bundesliga title before he leaves

The 47-year-old coach will try and wrap up another Austrian Bundesliga title before he leaves

‘We’re looking forward to working with Jesse Marsch and to continuing our successful path with him.’

Leipzig were looking for a new coach after Nagelsmann secured his exit to Bayern Munich earlier in the week, in turn earning his current employers the biggest compensation deal ever agreed for a coach.

Leipzig are being paid £21.7million by Bayern, and have saved themselves plenty by recruiting their next boss from their sister side, therefore waiving any potential fee. 

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Bayern Munich ‘agree terms with Julian Nagelsmann to become their new manager this summer’

Bayern Munich ‘agree terms with Julian Nagelsmann to become their new manager this summer’ in major blow to Tottenham, as German giants ‘continue talks with RB Leipzig over £26m fee’ for in-demand boss who still has two years left on his deal

Bayern Munich have moved a step closer to hiring Julian Nagelsmann as their new manager after reportedly agreeing personal terms with him.

According to BILD, both parties have spoken and are happy with the plans in place for him to replace the outgoing Hansi Flick this summer.

Bayern now have to see eye-to-eye with Nagelsmann’s current employers RB Leipzig – who are set to be stubborn in negotiations with their domestic rivals.

Julian Nagelsmann is moving closer to joining Bayern Munich after agreeing personal terms

Bayern want Nagelsmann to become their next manager in the summer to replace Hansi Flick

Bayern want Nagelsmann to become their next manager in the summer to replace Hansi Flick

Flick (left) has publicly stated his intention to quit the German giants at the end of the season

Flick (left) has publicly stated his intention to quit the German giants at the end of the season

RB Leipzig are demanding £26million to release Nagelsmann from his contract two years early to its expiration in order to join Bayern.

That astronomical fee would be a world-record compensation fee for a coach – highlighting the clamour for Nagelsmann.

The German is only 33 but has impressed at Hoffenheim and Leipzig and can also count Tottenham among his suitors – with the Premier League club reportedly keen on him following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho earlier this month.

Leipzig are reportedly demanding a world-record £26million compensation fee for their coach

Leipzig are reportedly demanding a world-record £26million compensation fee for their coach

Nagelsmann was the early favourite to become Tottenham's new head coach next season

Nagelsmann was the early favourite to become Tottenham’s new head coach next season

Nagelsmann has a 58 per cent win percentage with Leipzig during his two years at the club, having won 53 out of his 90 matches in charge.

Current Bayern boss Flick announced earlier this month that he wants his contract terminated at the end of the season, with last season’s treble-winning manager strongly linked to the German national team role.

Flick told reporters on April 17: ‘I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.’

Flick (left) is expected to leave Bayern to take over from Joachim Low (right) as Germany coach

Flick (left) is expected to leave Bayern to take over from Joachim Low (right) as Germany coach

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