He is the youngest coach in the history of the German top-flight, having made his coaching debut in the Hoffenheim dugout at just 28 years of age, and he led the club to two consecutive Champions League finishes.
Now at Leipzig, Nagelsmann's team find themselves second on the Bundesliga table, one point behind league leaders
“I've said many times: Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club. But they are not the only club that is attractive,” he told ZDF.
Nagelsmann: "However, it's not the only attractive club. Interest from Dortmund? It's true that there was interest, but the timing was not appropriate."— barcacentre (@barcacentre) December 8, 2019
Nagelsmann was previously linked with Borussia Dortmund, but admitted that he turned that opportunity down. He has also been linked heavily with taking over at Bayern Munich eventually, but that too has not been anything more than a rumour.
“It’s true there was interest there,” he said.
“In football, timing and fit is always the key, and it just did not fit, so I didn’t go there. The time did not fit and BVB did not want to wait. I was at Hoffenheim under contract, there was a clause – I could only leave in 2019. When that clause took effect, there was no position free in Dortmund.
“I had very good talks with Leipzig. I felt that the club really wanted me,” he concluded.