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Bayern: Let's win title for Heynckes

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said the club must win the Bundesliga title this season to ensure manger Jupp Heynckes has the perfect ending to his managerial career.

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Heynckes will retire from management at the end of the season after a lengthy career - which has included three separate spells at Bayern - paving the way for Pep Guardiola to take over the reins.

Bayern currently sit top of the Bundesliga table, nine points clear of second-place Bayer Leverkusen, while they are still in both the Champions League and the DFB-Pokal.

And Rummenigge is keen to stress that it is just as important to be winning trophies before the arrival of Guardiola in July, not least because the club owe it to Heynckes before his departure.

"It is a big obligation but also a major responsibility for the team to ensure we complete the current season under Jupp Heynckes as successfully as possible," he said. "Now more than ever, we must finish as German champions. I'm calling for full steam ahead.

"Our goal isn't to start winning things as of July 1st, we want to start winning things this season. I've reconfirmed this target with the team again today. And in the other two competitions, we want to achieve the achievable.

"I deliberately advised the players of the need to do everything we can to win the German championship with Jupp Heynckes so we can ensure he's given a more than deserved farewell. This magnificent man requires a worthy send-off when he becomes a footballing pensioner."

If Bayern were to throw away their nine-point Budesliga lead this would either equal the biggest comeback in the league's history or better it. The record is currently held by Wolfsburg, who closed a nine-point gap in 2009.


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