Real Madrid - Bayern: No "fear clause" for James

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Real Madrid - Bayern: No "fear clause" for James

Jupp Heynckes believes next Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac was "predestined" to take charge at the club. The former striker has won the Europe's premier club prize as a coach with both clubs (1998 with Real and 2013 with Bayern).

The club's resurgence has continued this term with Kovac's men fifth in the Bundesliga, just two points behind Bayer Leverkusen, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Kicker magazine reported that Bayern would pay a fee of 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt. Bayern's attempts to convince the 72-year-old Heynckes otherwise were unsuccessful.

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

"We deliberately didn't say anything about it yesterday because we found the comments of Fredi Bobic to be quite outrageous", he said.

Leverkusen's Kevin Volland, left, carries his teammate Kai Havertz after scoring his side's second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Bobic said Bayern's announcement about Kovac was a surprise, and the timing was detrimental to his current club at the decisive stage of the season.

His brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant.

"This season we have done better in the Champions League than last season". Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.

"We are meeting the victor of the last two years", Rummenigge said.

The Croat, who had also coached his country at the last World Cup in Brazil, had impressed by helping Frankfurt survive relegation in 2016 before leading them to contention for a European slot for next season.

"I try to be an option for every coach, whether it's in midfield or further forward", James told bundesliga.com following Bayern's 5-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.

James was introduced at the start of the second half and played his part in Thiago's goal.