Julian Nagelsmann will be Hoffenheim boss next season, says club director of football

Julian Nagelsmann will “100 per cent” be staying at Hoffenheim next season, amid interest from Arsenal, says the club’s director of football Alexander Rosen.

Speaking to Sky in Germany, Rosen said: “Julian Nagelsmann will be our coach next season. 100 per cent.”

Sky Sports News reported that Nagelsmann had emerged as a frontrunner to replace the outgoing Arsene Wenger, along with Mikel Arteta, who is now the favourite to become the next Arsenal boss.

It is understood Nagelsmann is on Arsenal’s preferred list of candidates together with Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive, is keen to hire someone in a head coach role to suit the club’s new management structure.

Arsenal want to take their time over the decision and are planning on making an appointment before the World Cup starts in a month.

Nagelsmann previously distanced himself from succeeding Wenger in April, insisting all of the reports were simply rumours.