Bayern hit back over 'outrageous' Kovac claims

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Uli Hoeness has revealed that Bayern Munich appointed head coach Niko Kovac after being turned down by Thomas Tuchel following Jupp Heynckes' reluctance to extend his contract with the Bundesliga champions. "We are convinced he is the right coach for the future of Bayern".

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes admitted he fears Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, after his side were handed a Champions League semi-final against the holders in Friday's draw. The 44-year-old Robert Kovac also previously played for the club.

"Firstly, we acted very professionally because we used a clause in the contract of Niko Kovac that he (Bobic) made".

The 46-year-old, who had a long playing career in the Bundesliga, was at Bayern between 2001-3.

"I understand that Fredi is not happy when a coach leaves the club with which they have worked successfully for two years".

Salihamidzic said: "We agreed a three-year contract on Thursday".

'He told us that he had already decided.

When the Croatian took over in March 2016, the Eagles were fighting relegation and, despite a slow start, Kovac was able to steer Frankfurt to safety - via a relegation play-off victory.

But, there is the risk that their final weeks of the season could see a downturn in form as Kovac's mind begins to shift towards Bayern - who Frankfurt could go up against in the DFB-Pokal final should they win their respective semi-finals.

Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic blasted Bayern for not getting in touch beforehand, and for the timing of its announcement.

Lewandowksi came off the bench to get on the scoresheet himself, his 27th Bundesliga goal of the season taken well in the closing stages as Bayern racked up a 15th league win from their last 17 outings. Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign. "Everyone respects the other", Frankfurt forward Kevin-Prince Boateng said earlier this season. "Sure they have great players, but so do we", Heynckes said.

Bayern's loss is Hoffenheim's gain, however, as the young coach can continue to build his team to climb the Bundesliga table.

Kovac, like James, was a serial victor as a player.