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Rangnick close to recovery

Former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick has spoken publicly for the first time since resigning from the club due to burn-out, insisting he is now feeling much better.

Rangnick leaves Schalke

Rangnick, 53, stepped down as Schalke coach on September 22 to receive treatment for an illness he said was making it impossible to sleep and concentrate on his work.

Now, three months later, he says he took the right step and is on the road to a full recovery.

"I am feeling a lot better," he told the Bild newspaper. "All of the positive reactions to my resignation gave me strength and of course I keep a close eye on Schalke's progress. I am delighted that they had such a good first half of the season.

"I would like to wish the coaching team and the players as well as the entire club all of the best in the new year, hoping they can continue with the excellent performances they have been showing of late."

Since announcing his decision to step back from football, Rangnick has undergone medical tests in which it was discovered he was initially suffering from glandular fever prior to the burnout.

A change in diet and lifestyle has enabled Rangnick to make a recovery that should lead to him returning to the game in the very near future, according to his agent Oliver Mintzlaff.

"I am certain that Ralf will be back on the football scene in 2012," he said.