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Uli Hoeness confirms talks with Oliver Kahn

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The former Bayern goalkeeper is the front runner to succeed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 2021.

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In an interview on CHECK24 Doppelpass (Bild), Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness more or less confirmed that former Bayern and Die Mannschaft goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is the front runner to succeed current chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 2021, when KHR’s contract runs out.

He responded to a previous SportBild story that revealed the two recently met in secret by giving no comment, while essentially confirming that Bayern is indeed currently considering Kahn:

I read that. We have no comment. It’s no secret that Olli is a candidate to succeed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – for 2021. We’re in talks. I think he can imagine doing it.

Uli also denied that the board was talking to anyone else, assering that Kahn is the only option that Bayern is considering — which sounds a lot like his endorsement of Kahn for the position:

We always negotiation with only one person. With us, there are only 1A solutions.

If Kahn agrees, Hoeness said he would join the club’s board for at least one year, after which both sides would have the opportunity to agree to the promotion or to search for someone else.

As for Uli’s own future, he was non-committal, saying he still had time to determine when he would step away:

I was elected until November. I will decide early in the year whether I will continue or not. The early year for me runs from March to June. It’s certainly true that I view my most important task as quitting when I have the feeling that everything is how I want it to be. Then I’ll step back and watch peacefully from the stands.