Everton blow as Leipzig chief confirms Rangnick to sign contract

Leipzig´s Manager Ralf Rangnick (C) discusses with Munich´s goalkeeper Sven Ulreich during the half time of the German Cup (DFB Pokal) football match RB Leipzig v  FC Bayern Munich in...

Everton are reportedly interested in luring RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick to Goodison Park.

RB Leipzig's head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl (L) and Sport director Ralf Rangnick present their new signing French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin from Paris St Germain in Leipzig, eastern German...Rangnick (R) with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl and summer signing Jean-Kévin Augustin.

RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has told German newspaper Bild that sporting director Ralf Rangnick will sign a new contract with the ambitious German side after reported interest from Everton.

The Daily Mail claim 58-year-old Rangnick, who has managed sides such as Schalke, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart, is the Toffees' newest managerial target after missing out on Watford's Marco Silva.

It is believed that Everton offered £10million for Silva's services, but have been rejected and are now targeting Rangnick who has a contract with Leipzig until the summer of 2019 to finally fill the void left by Ronald Koeman.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, England.

However, Mintzlaff has told Bild that Rangnick's contract will be extended before the end of the week, ahead of schedule, in what is likely to be an attempt to deter the Toffees.

"We expect to extend the contract ahead of schedule this week," Mintzlaff said. "Ralf Rangnick is the sportive engine of our club and therefore also elementary for our future development.

"Since we have 100 per cent the same ideas, we want to continue the same: make even more stars out of jewels, stay attractive in all areas of the club and continue to grow organically."

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

The Mail report claims Rangnick was even interviewed by England after the resignation of Roy Hodgson following a disappointing Euro 2016, which saw the Three Lions crash out to Iceland.

Interim manager David Unsworth is set to continue in his role as interim manager for the time being, as Everton play host to Serie A side Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday night at Goodison Park.

 

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