Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

Champions League draw Real Madrid Bayern Munich

Kovac is now in charge of fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt but has been announced to replace Jupp Heynckes when the latter retires at the end of the current campaign.

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He said: "Our sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, has held talks with coaches - that's his job - and among them was Tuchel".

While Kovac's hopes of guiding his current club to Champions League qualification suffered a significant setback in a 4-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, Bayern had no such problems as they cruised to a 5-1 hammering of Borussia Monchengladbach.

"I've seen them about six times this season and they've been all over the place defensively, especially when they played Tottenham".

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has revealed that he fears both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo's strength in the Champions League.

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The appointment continues a remarkable upward trend for 46-year-old Kovac, who will take over on July 1, after an impressive spell in Frankfurt - his maiden job in club management. "In this phase which is extremely important for Eintracht Frankfurt".

Bayern Munich were drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals and for James Rodriguez it will be a special game, returning to his former club.

However, according to reports in January, the Colombian would look to leave Bayern if Heynckes were not to extend his own deal and manage next season.

Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards.

The 31-year-old had played down links of taking over at Bayern, but refused to completely rule out leaving Hoffenheim.

When asked about his successor, Heynckes said: "Niko Kovac is a good choice, he is doing a very good job at Eintracht Frankfurt". With Real looking vulnerable despite Ronaldo's extraordinary performances, Bayern has a chance to provide their coach with the ideal send-off - and even provide a little bit more romance.

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