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Ralph Hasenhuttl turns down new Ingolstadt deal amid RB Leipzig links

Ingolstadt coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has turned down the Bundesliga club's offer of a new contract, increasing the chances of him moving on this summer.

Thomas Linke, director of sport at the Bavarian club, confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that Hasenhuttl had rejected an offer to extend his contract, which still has a year left to run on it, while admitting that another club has made an approach for him.

That club is reported to be RB Leipzig, who are on course for promotion to the top flight.

"Ralph Hasenhuttl has informed us that he is rejecting our offer of a new contract," Linke said. "Furthermore, he has expressed his desire to be permitted to leave the club at the end of the season.

"He has told us that a club will be getting in touch with us to make an offer, and we have noted this.

"Ralph has told us that we should look around for a new coach, but if we cannot find one, then he will have to fulfil his contract here."

Hasenhuttl, 48, guided Ingolstadt into the top flight of German football for the first time in their history last season.

They secured their top-flight status with three games to spare last weekend.

Leipzig are two wins away from securing their promotion to the top flight and their coach Ralf Rangnick intends to revert to his director of sport duties in the summer and appoint a new coach, with Hasenhuttl at the top of his list of candidates.