Bayern hit back over 'outrageous' Kovac claims

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

Bayern Munich manager, Jupp Heynckes, has admitted he fears Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, after his side were handed a Champions League semi-final against the holders in Friday's draw.

The 46-year-old, who had a long playing career in the Bundesliga, was at Bayern between 2001-03.

"There is no reason to doubt that I will be the coach of Frankfurt next season", said Kovac, a former coach of the Croatia national team.

But that now appears to have changed after Kovac informed Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic on Thursday of a deal which, according to Kicker, was reached two weeks ago.

Bayern Munich's hunt for a new manager has been hard and public.

His brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant. This season, only Bayern and Schalke have better defensive records than Eintracht while only Hoffenheim have received more yellow cards.

Instead, Kovac has built a squad which contains 18 different nationalities which the German-born Croatian has the experience, understanding and openness to manage.

"You have to know different cultures and their peculiarities", Kovac told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in December a year ago. "But different cultures mean different influences and different ways of thinking".

"Often, we try to treat everybody just the same but that's fundamentally wrong", he continued. "We can all learn from each other".

Kovac, far right, saved Eintracht Frankfurt from relegation in a play-off against Nuremberg in 2016.

Bobic said Bayern's announcement about Kovac was a surprise, and the timing was detrimental to his current club at the decisive stage of the season.

Rummenigge also said that Bayern would seek a German-speaking coach, and planned to make an appointment before the end of April.

Meanwhile, Bayern have also confirmed that wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are in talks over securing extended stays in Bavaria after discussions on Thursday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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