Jupp Heynckes has again left his Bayern Munich future open to interpretation, saying he has not definitely committed to leaving the club in the summer.
However, speaking at a news conference ahead of the league leaders’ home game against relegation-threatened Hamburg, Heynckes backtracked from his comments in midweek.
“I can only say nothing at all is decided yet, because, until, now I have definitely never said I will retire in the summer,” he said.
“I have only ever referred to our agreement from last year which is still valid,” he said.
“Regarding the Sport Bild interview, I only stressed my appreciation for my colleague Thomas Tuchel, who I know very well. But if you study the context of the whole interview, I also praised many other coaching colleagues as well.
With Joshua Kimmich signing a contract extension on Friday until 2023, Heynckes backed the 23-year-old to follow in former captain Philipp Lahm’s footsteps.
“He’s a young player with still massive potential to develop. He is a great professional, a good listener who always wants to improve,” he said.
“His contract extension can only be positive for him and Bayern, and, along with fellow young players, he will ensure a smooth transition at the club. Joshua has tremendous footballing ability and can follow in the footsteps of Philipp Lahm, becoming a true identification figure at the club.”