Ralf Rangnick ‘Reaches Deal’ With Milan to Become Manager at End of 2019/20 Season

Ralf Rangnick has agreed what is understood to be a three-year deal with AC Milan to become the club’s new manager from the start of the 2020/21 season, while he will also discuss the possibility of becoming their sporting director.

Stefano Pioli took over AC Milan back in October of 2019 and while his side have shown a significant improvement in more recent times, the Rossoneri still sit in seventh place in the table. In fact, Pioli’s men have won three out of their last four games, most recently overcoming high-flying Lazio 3-0.

It was first noted back in February that Milan were in advanced talks with Rangnick to become not only the club’s new head coach from 2020/21, but also their sporting director in what would be an unprecedented appointment.

Fabrizio Romano, writing for the Guardian, has now reported that Rangnick has agreed a deal with the Italian giants to take over as boss at the end of the current campaign. Additionally, however, while there is not yet an agreement in place for the 62-year-old to also take up the role of sporting director, it is said that he will soon meet with the Milan hierarchy to discuss it. This role is currently occupied by none other than Paolo Maldini.

It is expected to be a three-year deal, with Rangnick taking over at the end of the current season. Rangnick currently serves as head of sport and development for the Red Bull group, where he has been working since the summer of 2019.

Rangnick has built up an impressive reputation over the years, as a result of his spells as manager at Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. However, he has also received widespread praise and recognition for his influence as a sporting director.

The German was previously said to be in the running to become manager at a number of top clubs over the past year, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

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