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Eintracht Frankfurt, Niko Kovac rule out transfer to Bayern Munich

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Eintracht’s sporting director says Bayern have not even contacted the club about Kovac.

Sport director Hasan Salihamidzic (L) of Muenchen and head coach Niko Kovac of Frankfurt shake hands prior to the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Bayern Muenchen at Commerzbank-Arena on December 9, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Hasan Salihamidzic and Niko Kovac share a moment before the match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich, December 9, 2017.
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If Niko Kovac is in fact now Bayern Munich’s primary target as a German coach who could succeed Jupp Heynckes this summer, the club has yet to make a move for the erstwhile Bayern player—at least if one believes the club’s sporting director Fredi Bobic.

In comments reported by Hessenschau reporter Joscha Bartlitz, Bobic dismissed the rumors linking Kovac to Bayern.

I can put the Eintracht fans’ minds at rest. We have no contact with Bayern Munich. No inquiry has been made for Niko Kovac! We are planning the future here together.

Bobic, who notably claimed months ago that he already knew who would succeed Heynckes, responded to a similar question with considerable irritation after Frankfurt’s 1-2 loss to Werder Bremen on Sunday (RP online): “Everyone is babbling something from right to left. Even Lothar Matthäus has heard a few voices,” he said, rolling his eyes.

Kovac himself spoke to the press soon afterward and likewise dismissed the rumors:

There is no reason to doubt whether I’ll be coach here next year.

He left a very slight way out open, however, in adding:

So much happens in soccer. I don’t know what will happen to morrow. As things stand now, I am coach until 2019.

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 16: 1. Bundesliga 03/04, Berlin; Hertha BSC Berlin - SC Freiburg; Enttaeuschung Hertha nach dem Spiel, vorne: Fredi BOBIC, Niko KOVAC
Fredi Bobic and Niko Kovac (r) when they played for Hertha Berlin, August 16, 2003.
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