Football: Bayern Munich eager to hold onto coach Jupp Heynckes

BERLIN (AFP) - Champions League winners Bayern Munich are eager to keep outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes on in some capacity with Pep Guardiola set to take charge on June 26.

Having steered Bayern to their fifth European title and won the Bundesliga by a record 25-point margin, Heynckes will step down after Saturday's German Cup final against VfB Stuttgart.

The Bavarians are bidding to become the first German team to win the Treble of European, league and Cup titles.

The 68-year-old has said he will only reveal his future plans after the final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said Heynckes can pick his future role at Bayern.

"I told him two weeks ago at the Bundesliga title celebration that he has a kind of 'Carte Blanche' with us," Rummenigge told German daily Bild. "If he can imagine it, we would like to keep him in some capacity at Bayern."

Heynckes has said he is too old to coach overseas and having broken or equalled 25 Bundesliga records, he has insisted he has no desire to coach another German league side after Bayern.

But he will not be short of offers after a season which has seen Bayern sweep aside all comers, losing just three matches.

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