Heynckes: Kovac Is Right For Bayern

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Cut to a week later and Kovac is announced by the Bundesliga champions as starting on July 1st at the club.

Kovac will sign a three-year-contract while Ribery and Robben stay for one more season.

Bobic also spoke about the exit clause that was triggered by Bayern, saying: 'Yes, there was an option for Niko Kovac to get out of the contract if an absolute European top club came.

"We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern", Salihamidzic said. Born in Berlin, Kovac played for Bayern as a midfielder between 2001 and 2003, when he was a team-mate of Salihamidzic.

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"Niko played at Bayern and knows those responsibilitiesas well as the structures and the DNA of the club very well". Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach. The former striker has won the Europe's premier club prize as a coach with both clubs (1998 with Real and 2013 with Bayern).

"Bayern are a great team and we will need to be at our best in both games". Indeed, having spoken openly about his desire to win the treble this season, that Madrid represent the next obstacle on Bayern's three-pronged path to glory is one of the more amusing jokes fate has played. In games like this, the team performance is important.

News of Kovac's appointment was leaked to the German press on Thursday evening and was made official by the Bavarian club on Friday lunchtime, with Frankfurt apparently unaware of the appointment until it was made public.

"The timing is unfortunate, and the fact information has leaked to the public - certainly not from Frankfurt, but from Munich - is disrespectful, unprofessional". He won over the players through tactical nous, commitment and by convincing them of the value of sacrifice for the team. "The players must know each other and respect each other".

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Thomas Tuchel was reportedly in the running for the vacancy only for Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to confirm the former Borussia Dortmund coach - strongly linked with Paris Saint-Germain - has agreed to move elsewhere.

Though that will depend on whether he wants to stick around with new boss Niko Kovac now set to arrive in the summer.

Not to be outdone Lewandowski, sporting a black eye from Wednesday's Champions League clash against Sevilla, came on for Wagner to score Bayern's fifth, his 36th goal this season.

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