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Friday, May 31, 2013
Heynckes plays down Madrid link

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has rubbished Anatoliy Tymoshchuk's suggestion that he is set to join Real Madrid next season, but said a decision on his future will be made in the next few days.

Heyckes takes charge of his last game as Bayern boss in the DFB-Pokal final against Stuttgart on Saturday as the club look to complete the Treble of Bundesliga title, Champions League and DFB-Pokal.

The German, who will be succeeded by Pep Guardiola, is being tipped to take over at Madrid in the summer, with Jose Mourinho reportedly set for a return to Chelsea.

And Bayern midfielder Tymoshchuck added to the speculation by telling Russian TV channel Rossija 2 that the coach's next destination would be Madrid.

"With 99% certainty, Heynckes will be the new Real coach," Tymoshchuk said.

However, speaking to the press ahead of Saturday's final, Heynckes played down his player's claim.

"I was surprised by that, in all honesty. I don't know where Anatoliy got that from. We certainly joked in the dressing room," he said.

"Maybe, when I am in good spirits, I will say something about my future on Saturday evening [after the final]. Otherwise, [it will be] in the first week of June."

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge echoed Heynckes' words. "There is still that one per cent uncertainty. I believe I know a bit more than Anatoliy," Sueddeutsche Zeitung quoted him as saying.

"Let's wait and see. That's a decision that Jupp alone will make, and he will also announce it himself."

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