Rangnick, Tuchel’s mentor, reveals why he turned down the chance to replace Lampard as Chelsea boss

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Ralf Rangnick has now confirmed earlier reports that Chelsea approached him over replacing Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss.

According to the German tactician, who is also known to be a huge influence on Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, he rejected the chance to become Chelsea boss because he was only offered a 4-month contract.

Rangnick told The Times of his negotiations with Chelsea: “I said: ‘I would like to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach.”

Despite turning down the chance to work with Chelsea, Rangnick has indicated he would be open to taking up another role in the Premier League.

Asked if he would be open to taking up a different position in the Premier League in the future, he added: “it would have to be something special. It depends on the club and whether you want to work with a German coach.”

Rangnick, 62, is currently working with Red Bull as their head of sport and development. His last managerial role was with RB Leipzig between 2018 and 2019.

In addition to his two spells in the hot seat at Leipzig between 2015 and 2019, Rangnick has coached ten different clubs over the course of his managerial career – all of which have been based in Germany.

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