Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes won’t join Spanish giants Real Madrid, but he also hesitate to retire from professional football.
It was one of the biggest questions in club football in the last few days: How does the future of Jupp Heynckes look like? Everyone was expecting his retirement from professional football, but there were also attempts by Real Madrid to sign the experienced coach for the new season.
The 68-year-old treble-winning gaffer invited the media to a press conference at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday to announce his decision. But everyone expecting a clear statement had to realise that Heynckes has left a loophole for the years to come.
“The first thing I’m going to do is go on holiday. I won’t be taking up any engagement after 1 July, neither here in Germany nor abroad. I’m going to withdraw, recover, and become a private individual,” Heynckes told.
“The coaching job at FC Bayern costs a huge amount in terms of resolve, power and energy. Especially over the last few weeks, I’ve sensed that I’ve been at the limit. It was incredibly demanding, incredibly all-encompassing.”
“I have something personal against finality,” Heynckes said, when he was asked about retirement. “There’s life after working life too. I want to enjoy my life now.”
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich thanked the outgoing coach for his wonderful work at the club and his commitment to the German giants. “The entire club is eternally grateful to Jupp,” club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told at the press conference. “There couldn’t be a better or more deserved way to say farewell.”
“Our friend is probably leaving Munich, but that won’t end our friendship. It’s become even deeper,” Bayern president Uli Hoeneß added.
Watch the VIDEO CLIPS of the press conference…