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RB Leipzig announce Hasenhüttl exit

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RB Leipzig have announced that head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has left the club after failing to agree on terms for a new long-term deal

The Austrian leaves after two seasons in charge of Leipzig on the back of having guided them into the Champions League for the first time in their history.

After a meeting with sporting director Ralf Rangnick and CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, the decision was made that Hasenhüttl would leave with immediate notice.

“The club is well within their rights not to offer me an extension, but we also stressed that going into the final year of a contract without a clear long-term future plan wasn’t ideal,” said Hasenhüttl, according to the Bundesliga website.

“I thought it was important for the future of the club and I would have liked to have been given a reassuring yes rather than a resounding no. That’s why I asked for my contract to be terminated early. I’d like to thank everyone at the club for an unforgettable time.”

The 50-year-old led Leipzig to second place in this season’s Bundesliga standings in his first season in charge.

While their 2017/18 campaign only yielded a sixth-place finish this time around, the Bulls did manage to make the quarter-finals of the Europa League where they lost 5-3 on aggregate to finalists Marseille.

“I would have really liked to continue into the next season with Ralph Hasenhüttl as head coach,” said Rangnick.

“From the bottom of my heart, I wish him all the best for the future, both professionally and privately.”