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Coach Jupp Heynckes to leave Bundesliga side Leverkusen

Jupp Heynckes
Heynckes has enjoyed two previous stints at Bayern

Bayer Leverkusen manager Jupp Heynckes is set to leave the club at the end of the season and is considering an offer to coach rivals Bayern Munich.

Heynckes, who will be replaced by Freiburg boss Robin Dutt, has twice coached Bayern to league title glory.

But the 65-year-old says he has yet to decide whether rejoin the Bundesliga champions when Louis van Gaal leaves by mutual consent in the summer.

"I've not said yes and no negotiations have taken place until now," he said.

Heynckes added, however, that Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had called him "to offer the position".

"Then I also talked with my good friend [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness," he added.

Heynckes' most recent spell with Bayern came in 2009 when he replaced sacked coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

During that five-game spell, Heynckes helped the club to a second-placed finish in the league and Champions League qualification.

His successor Van Gaal went on to lead Bayern to the domestic Double in 2010 and the Champions League final, which the German side lost 2-0 to Inter Milan.

But the 59-year-old Dutchman has agreed to leave a year before his contract is due to expire following a season without a trophy.

Bayern currently sit in fourth position in the Bundesliga and are out of both the German Cup and the Champions League, crashing out of the latter at the last 16 stage after losing on away goals to Inter.

Leverkusen are out of the Europa League but sit second in the Bundesliga, seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund with seven games left to play.

And Heynckes has pledged to ensure that the club he joined two seasons ago will finish the season strongly.

"Leverkusen is a well managed club with a great team and it was difficult taking this decision," Heynckes said in an earlier statement.

"I will do everything so we finish second in the league and qualify directly for the Champions League."

Dutt, who steered Freiburg to promotion to the Bundesliga two years ago, has signed a two-year contract at Leverkusen and will join the club on 1 July.

"Robin Dutt was always going to be our first choice to succeed Heynckes whether in 2011 or 2012," said Leverkusen sports director Rudi Voeller.

The 46-year-old will be replaced at Freiburg by reserve coach Marcus Sorg.

Dutt said: "I am looking forward to the challenge that is Leverkusen. Bayer's philosophy is in line with my views on football."

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