Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has indicated he is yet to pen a new deal with the defending Bundesliga champions.
Heynckes, 72, returned for his fourth spell in charge of Bayern in what was supposed to be a short-term deal that will expire at the end of the season after Paris Saint-Germain had inflicted a 3-0 Champions League defeat on Bayern, then still under Carlo Ancelotti’s leadership.
Besides lacklustre performances in Europe, Bayern also flopped domestically — they were third in the Bundesliga, trailing behind then leaders Borussia Dortmund by three points.
However, since the Bayern board sacked Ancelotti and appointed Heynckes, Bayern have won nine out of 11 matches in all competitions — only dropping points against Borussia Monchengladbach, and drawing with RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal before advancing on penalties.
The Bavarians even top the league table by six points and have booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages, and the streak would have been cause for many to assume that Heynckes would be re-appointed on a permanent basis.
But despite the progress made under Heynckes he remains without an official contract with the club, though — as Heynckes puts it — it was because he hasn’t found the opportunity to put pen to paper.
Speaking to fan club Rollwagerl 93 on Sunday, he said: “We don’t have a contract yet. Mr Dreesen [Bayern’s finance CEO] always urges me to come around to sign my contract. But I haven’t had time so far.”
Bayern would play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League mid-week; though the fixture would be a largely inconsequential one as both teams had already made it into the knockout stages, Bayern could look to avenge their earlier humiliation and assert their European credentials while Paris looks to end the group stage with a 100% performance for the first time.