Nagelsmann remains in charge of Germany until 2026

Germany national team coach Julian Nagelsmann has signed a new contract with the Bundesliga that will keep him in the job until at least the end of the 2026 World Cup, the local football association (DFB) has announced. "This is a decision from the heart. It is a great honor to coach the national team", Nagelsmann said in a statement.

The news comes about two months before the start of the European Championship, which will be held in Germany in June-July. Nagelsmann added that he was "touched by the enthusiasm of the fans" after the victories in the last friendlies against France and the Netherlands. "Together now we want to make a successful European championship", he also shared. The management was already "absolutely convinced" of the need to keep Nagelsmann beyond this year's European Championship, said team director Rudi Voller.

This also puts an end to the speculation regarding the possible return of the specialist at the helm in Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants are on course to send off a trophyless season after crashing out early in the cup competition and surrendering the Bundesliga title to a dominant Bayer Leverkusen side. The only chance for a cup before Munich remains the Champions League, where the team is in the semi-finals, and there its opponent is Real Madrid. Current Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel has already announced he will leave the club at the end of the campaign, and the Allianz Arena were hoping to get Nagelsmann back.

The 36-year-old coach has improved the national team's results as of late and the Germans enter a little more hopeful of a successful performance at the home tournament. Germany open the competition with a match against Scotland at the Allianz Arena in Munich on June 14. /BGNES