Ralf Rangnick has admitted interest in joining AC Milan, but confessed that the Coronavirus emergency has made him think about other things.
There are conflicting rumours among the papers in Italy at present regarding whether Rangnick will arrive this summer, with some claiming that there has been a pre-agreement since December while others deny its existence and insist the situation is entirely up in the air.
Numerous outlets believe that – barring surprises – the German will take over at Milan as both head coach and sporting director, a position unparalleled until this point in Italian football.
Nonetheless the doubts have begun to creep in the more that the Coronavirus emergency delays things. Rangnick spoke to Mitteldeutsche Zeitung about the possibility of a new adventure on Italy, and finally gave a bit more away.
“There has been an interest with Milan, but with Coronavirus there have been other things to consider, besides thinking if Ralf Rangnick was the right man for them or vice versa,” he said (via MilanNews).
The Red Bull chief then explained what he expects from his future work experience.
“It always depends on the club, but I’m not interested in the financial aspects. For me it’s about having a certain influence, which has nothing to do with power, even if in certain situations you need it to carry out certain things.
“I remember the first days in Leipzig: there were no physiotherapists, the doctors gone, no coaches. And the season should have started in two weeks. Quick decisions are needed, first I hired Alex Zorniger, then I went to Leipzig and hired two new physiotherapists and two new doctors. In five hours. Alexander Sekora recommended the others to me.
“If I had to think theoretically about going somewhere else, I should be able to do things this way.”
Rangnick also spoke of Timo Werner, the Leipzig star who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, Bayern Munich and even to Milan.
“I know his family, his fiancée also knows how to advise him very well. He must continue to improve, especially in his performance. I would be happy if he stayed.
“If he were to leave he could to be replaced, but Timo will have to consider whether in another club he will be able to play regularly like in Leipzig.”