Robert Lewandowski has praised the abilities of the man who has chosen to replace Hansi Flick at the helm of Bayern Munich when the season comes to a close.
The Poland international has voiced his delight at Bayern Munich's decision to hire Julian Nagelsmann, arguing that the new RB Leipzig coach has surpassed expectations since beginning his coaching career.
Bayern Munich has announced that Nagelsmann will take over the Allianz Arena dugout from Hansi Flick at the end of the season. According to reports, the German champions have agreed to pay Leipzig a world-record retention fee of up to €25 million (£22 million/$30 million) for the 33-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal.
Nagelsmann's arrival has been warmly received by Lewandowski, who saw him lead Hoffenheim to theChampions League
before transforming Leipzig into a top domestic and European powerhouse
"I don't know Julian Nagelsmann well, but what I can say is that he always manages to raise teams to a level that you don't imagine," the Bayern forward toldSport Bild
"The performance of Nagelsmann's teams is mostly above expectations, it's about more than the quality of a single player."
On the other hand, Lewandowski would be sorry to see
leave Bayern, having had a good partnership with the 56-year-old during his time with the club.
"He's not only a great coach, he's also a great person," said the Polish striker. "You can also talk to him about private matters.
"We have achieved historic things with Hansi Flick. That was by far my best time at Bayern, he always gave us a clear plan of what to expect."
Nagelsmann has stressed that he will remain entirely concentrated on his responsibilities at Leipzig until he takes over as Bayern Munich's new manager on July 1, with the championship ofDFB Pokal
yet to be decided.
"It's still too early to say goodbye and otherwise talk about memories, because I'm not finished here in Leipzig," he told reporters after Tuesday's announcement.
"My mission will end in the summer, but until then it will continue at full throttle. We have grown into a committed bunch that finally want to win a trophy.
"I have never made a secret of the fact I am excited about the coaching position at Bayern Munich and that I would be happy to take on this job if this unique opportunity should arise."