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 By Mark Lovell

Bayern's Jupp Heynckes: No move for Malcom; Sevilla a 'difficult' Champions League draw

MUNICH -- Jupp Heynckes has denied Bayern Munich are eyeing a move for Bordeaux winger Malcom.

Heavily linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Sport Bild reported last month that Malcom has provisionally agreed a five-year deal with Bayern.

But Heynckes dismissed recent speculation linking them with a move for the 21-year-old Brazilian.

"I have never seen him play," Heynckes said at a news conference. "Such players are often touted around like this, but I don't think he's a topic [of interest]. Our scouts will probably see it similarly."

Bayern were pitted against Sevilla in the Champions League draw, and Heynckes warned against underestimating the club, who are fifth in La Liga -- 27 points behind leaders Barcelona.

"Sevilla are a very good team who played excellently to beat Manchester United," Heynckes said. "It's a difficult draw. You only find top teams in the last eight of the Champions League and Sevilla rightly belongs to that group.

"They won the Europa League three years in succession [from 2014 through 2016] and are an absolute top team. They play creative football and are much more defensively stable after changing their coach. We'll be fully focused heading into the two games. They have some top-quality players. The atmosphere in Sevilla will be similar to Istanbul -- the fans are equally fanatical and very passionate."

Thomas Muller
Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller said the club's aim is a return to the Champions League final.

Sevilla are the only team in the last eight that Bayern have never previously faced in European competition.

"There were no jubilant celebrations, but it's a tie we believe we can win," goalkeeper Sven Ulreich said after the draw. "It won't be easy but Sevilla are perceived to be easier opponents in comparison to the rest we could have drawn."

Since winning the trophy in 2013, Bayern have exited every season against Spanish opposition, losing in 2014 and 2017 to Real Madrid, 2015 to Barcelona and 2016 to Atletico Madrid.

"It's a good draw," Thomas Muller said. "We are hungry. We haven't reached the Champions League Final for ages. That's our aim this time."

Bayern are 20 points clear with eight games remaining and can seal their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title if they win away against RB Leipzig on Sunday and nearest challengers Schalke and Borussia Dortmund both drop points.

Heynckes said that Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez will start in Leipzig, but Arjen Robben, Corentin Tolisso and Thiago Alcantara will all miss the game with injuries.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.

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