Champions League draw: Bayern Munich afraid of Ronaldo

Champions League draw: Bayern Munich afraid of Ronaldo

James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich under Carlo Ancelotti, blossomed under Jupp Heynckes, and is now relishing the prospect of working under Niko Kovac, the coach set to swap Eintracht Frankfurt for Bavaria in the summer.

Kovac is also a good friend of his former Bayern teammate Hasan Salihamidzic, who is now Bayern's sporting director.

A former Bayern defender, Kovac has always been considered a leading contender to replace interim coach Jupp Heynckes, who plans to retire at the end of the season. Firstly, we acted very professionally because we used a clause in the contract of Niko Kovac that he (Bobic) made. Niko was a Bayern player, he knows the people in charge as well as the structure and the club's DNA. "If we'd said it in four weeks, we'd have had peace and the Frankfurters the trouble".

Rummenigge also said that Bayern would seek a German-speaking coach, and planned to make an appointment before the end of April.

Kovac will be assisted by his brother Robert, who fulfils a similar role at Eintracht.

Both Frankfurt and Bayern had last week denied that Kovac was on his way to Munich.

He led them to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but was then sacked after a disappointing qualifying campaign for Euro 2016.

Kovac took over Eintracht Frankfurt in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation playoff that season before finishing 11th previous year.

Frankfurt's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a blow on Saturday in a 4-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen.

He rescued the Eagles from the brink of relegation in his first season, led them to the German Cup final in his second, and has guided them to the brink of Champions League football this year - one of the league's indisputable success stories.

It has been a whirlwind season for the former Real Madrid star, who, after a pedestrian start, exploded into life at the Allianz Arena, inspiring Bayern to a record sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with a direct hand in a goal every 83 minutes he has played.

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