Rangnick to battle on at Hoffenheim

BERLIN - Ralf Rangnick will remain as Hoffenheim coach despite their poor run this season, he said on Friday.

Rangnick, who steered Hoffenheim from the regional leagues to the top flight after taking over in 2006, told reporters on Friday he had not had talks with other clubs despite persistent rumours.

"I have no contact with any other club. I will not work for Wolfsburg or any other club next season," said the former Schalke 04 coach. "I am Hoffenheim coach with all my heart and will also be the coach here next season."

Rangnick, whose contract runs to 2011, held a two-hour meeting with Dietmar Hopp, the club's financial backer.

Hoffenheim topped the table at the halfway mark of their first season but have failed to impress this time round, lying in 11th place with only seven points from eight league matches since the winter break.