Everton-linked Rangnick extends Leipzig deal

Everton will have to scratch one name off their list of managerial candidates after RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has extended his contract until 2021.

The German has had stints as manager of VfB Stuttgart, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and FC Schalke 04 before joining Leipzig, and has been credited with assisting their rise to prominence in the Bundesliga.

“I am glad that my future lies in this great club, which has made a fantastic development and whose path, in my view, is far from over,” Rangnick told Leipzig’s website.

“After exciting years of development, we have established ourselves in the Bundesliga and play a good role in our first international participation.

“The decision to extend my contract prematurely is also a commitment to this beautiful city, in which I feel very comfortable.”

Rangnick, who spent time in England studying at the University of Sussex in Brighton while playing for non-league side Southwick, was reportedly being considered to replace Toffees caretaker David Unsworth.

While Leipzig are currently second in the Bundesliga standings, three points behind leaders FC Bayern München, the Toffees are struggling in the Premier League, sitting two points above the relegation zone.