Heynckes confirms Bayern approach
Jupp Heynckes has confirmed he has been offered the chance to take over from Louis van Gaal as Bayern Munich coach from next season.
The 65-year-old, who has already told Bayer Leverkusen he will not be staying with the club after the current campaign, said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge made the offer and that he has also spoken to president Uli Hoeness.
"Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did contact me to offer me the coaching position following the agreed separation from Van Gaal and then, of course, I spoke on the phone with my friend Uli Hoeness," Heynckes revealed. "But there has been neither an agreement on my part nor any negotiations with FC Bayern."
Heynckes has led Bayern twice before and is expected to open formal talks over a third spell in charge soon. The former West Germany forward insists his decision to end his time with Leverkusen is unrelated to developments at the Allianz Arena, and that he had already made his mind up before Van Gaal's departure.
"It was a very tough decision," Heynckes said. "Until December and the start of January, my inclination was to stay. I started to reconsider during the first few weeks of the second half of the season and I informed Bayer about this.
"The decision has neither private nor health reasons, and it was independent of the developments in Munich. "(Bayer president) Wolfgang Holzhauser and (director of sport) Rudi Voller have known since March 8, and now my coaching team and the team have been informed that I will not be extending my contract."
Freiburg coach Robin Dutt will take the reins at Leverkusen after signing a two-year deal, and Heynckes believes he will inherit a team in good shape. "My successor will receive an intact team which has developed in every area of modern football," he said.
"The mix between experienced and talented players is right, and most of the players have improved their levels of performance during the time we have worked together. And if, over the next few months, Michael Ballack can fully recover from the two injuries he has had, then he can strengthen the team next season."