Bayern professional Leon Goretzka would welcome another collaboration with former coach Julian Nagelsmann on the national soccer team. “I think Julian is a great coach. If he ends up being that, I think we have a great coach,” said the 28-year-old national player after the 2-2 draw with FC Bayern Munich on Friday in the Bundesliga -Top game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Nagelsmann, who had to leave the German record champions in the spring, is considered a hot candidate to succeed Hansi Flick as national coach. The 58-year-old was released by the DFB after the 4-1 defeat in the international match against Japan in Wolfsburg a week ago. In the 2-1 win against runner-up world champion France on Tuesday in Dortmund, DFB sports director Rudi Völler (63) acted as interim team boss, but he wants it to be understood as a “one-off thing”.

Goretzka regretted replacing Flick, who had not nominated him for the first international matches of the European Championship year. His resignation also surprised him. “A coach’s dismissal is always a sign that you haven’t done your job well. So, of course, I was sad and annoyed that it had come to this,” said Goretzka.

The 53-time national player won the treble with Flick at FC Bayern in 2020. “We had a successful time with Hansi. I would have wished that things worked better for him,” said Goretzka, referring to the national team.

The DFB team will travel to the USA in October with test matches against the US team in Hartford and against Mexico in Philadelphia. By then, the association wants to have found a new national coach if possible. Goretzka’s goal is to be part of the DFB squad again.

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