Heynckes wants title after 'homecoming'
Jupp Heynckes declared it good to be "back home" after starting work at Bayern Munich today. Heynckes, back at the club for a third spell in charge, oversaw the first training session of pre-season and also spoke of his excitement at returning to Bayern after a successful two-year period at Bayer Leverkusen.
His main challenge next season will be to reclaim the Bundesliga crown won so impressively by Borussia Dortmund last season. "I feel as if I have come back home," said the 67-year-old. "We must recover our best to, once again, get back into pole position. Of course, we have the goal of being German champions. The team has to get back on track."
Heynckes first led Bayern from 1987 to 1991, claiming Bundesliga titles in 1989 and 1990, and returned on an interim basis in April 2009 to guide them into the UEFA Champions League qualification spots following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.
And sporting director Christian Nerlinger was delighted to have lured him back to the Allianz Arena once again. He said: "We are very satisfied that we could work with Jupp Heynckes again. He knows the club inside out and has outstanding qualities as a coach and his human qualities are undisputed. I am really looking forward to this collaboration and am convinced it will be successful."
Bayern also announced a new arrival today with young Japanese forward Takashi Usami arriving from Gamba Osaka on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old will make the switch after Gamba's J.League clash with Vissel Kobe next month.
Usami said: "You don't get a chance like this every day. I decided it was the right thing to do to take on this big challenge. To be honest it still hasn't sunk in. For me, it is still hard to imagine I will be playing in such a big league with so many big-name players."
Usami, whose deal is likely to be made permanent if he impresses, will have to compete for a place initially with the likes of France international Franck Ribery and Holland star Arjen Robben but he is relishing the fight. He added: "I want to improve my game and, one day, take their place." Nerlinger added: "We have watched him for a long time and are happy he has come to us because he is a very big talent."
Bayern did, however, rule out a move for Manchester City's Germany defender Jerome Boateng. Boateng has spoken several times of his desperation to move to Bavaria but Nerlinger feels any potential move could stumble on financial grounds. "Jerome would like to come here because he understands the outstanding sporting opportunities," he said, but added Bayern are "not willing" to meet the asking price and remained "very pessimistic that the transfer would go through".