Ralf Rangnick has lifted the lid on the breakdown of his proposed move to AC Milan.

The former Hoffenheim coach has confirmed he was ready to take charge of the Rossonero, only for an upturn in results under coach Stefano Pioli effectively ending his hopes.

“Because of the good form of Milan since the restart – nine wins, three draws – you just couldn’t do that,” Rangnick told Süddeutsche Zeitung, “no matter from which perspective, from mine or the club: It wouldn’t have been wise.”

Rangnick continued: “If I put myself in the position of the Milanisti, whether as coach, director, players or fans: I would hardly understand why Milan wants to change everything after such a run.”

Now a free agent after negotiating a release from his contract as Red Bull technical director, Rangnick ruled out taking a small club post.

The 62-year-old said: “As of today, I can rule that out.

“At my age it would be nice if the next club were one that can win titles from the start.”