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Heynckes coy on future talks

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has quashed speculation about his future, insisting he is determined not to let rumours disrupt his side's domestic and European campaigns.

Heynckes, who will be replaced at the Allianz Arena by Pep Guardiola in the summer, was again pressed on suggestions that he could join Schalke, despite previously claiming he could retire at season's end.

The German played down the link to Bayern's rivals, preferring to focus on Tuesday's Champions League tie with Arsenal and revealing he will not make a decision on his next career move until the season is over.

"I do realise there is some rumour and some information about that," he said. "I can't do anything about the rumours. I am a big-name manager and my name will come up. I will see about it at the end of the season.

"What managers have to do is work hard with their teams. Until the end of the season I will do what I have been and focus on my team."

Reports of Heynckes heading to Schalke have intensified of late with current coach Jens Keller under intense scrutiny after winning just one match out of six since he replaced Huub Stevens at the Veltins-Arena in December.

Bayern have become one of the most consistent teams under Heynckes and have only conceded seven goals in the Bundesliga this season, much to the disappointment of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

"After some games this season I haven't needed to have a shower," he joked. "Yes I guess sometimes it is boring being in goal. But it is actually important to keep talking and have communication with my defence.

"The key for Bayern Munich is that the whole team defends and we cover the spaces well. We immediately go to win the ball back. You can see that in the fact we have only conceded seven goals (in the Bundesliga) so far."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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