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“We’re talking about six and a half months” – Ralf Ragnick explains why he snubbed Chelsea in January

It’s no longer news that German tactical genius Ralf Ragnick is Man Utd’s new manager.

The 64-year old has left his role at Lokomotiv Moscow and has taken over at Old Trafford as interim manager in a deal that lasts till the end of the season including a further 2-year advisory role at the club. And after sorting out work permit hitches, the German is set to take charge of his first game at Man Utd manager on Sunday against Crystal Palace.

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Recall that Man Utd’s premier league rivals, Chelsea were in search of a manager in January after they had sacked Frank Lampard and it was confirmed that the Blues had contacted Ralf Ragnick to take over as interim manager till the end of the 2020/21 season, an offer which was rejected by the former RB Leipzig manager and Chelsea had to ultimately settle for another German Thomas Tuchel.

Ragnick addressed the above story in his first press conference as United manager earlier today and the German gave a response as to why he turned down Chelsea earlier this year.

Ralf Rangnick: “At the time, when Chelsea contacted me, they only talked about the option to become interim manager for four months. We’re talking about six and a half months and we also have a two-year advisory role. If Man Utd contact you for such role then you can’t turn it down.”

Chelsea fans will however not feel hard done by Ragnick’s revelation at all as Thomas Tuchel has already done an incredible job at Stamford Bridge by guiding the Blues to the Champions League and Super Cup trophies, an FA Cup final and a strong start to the 2021/22 season as they currently sit top of the EPL log after 14 games in December.


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