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Jun 4, 2013

Jupp Heynckes says he'll take break

MUNICH -- Veteran coach Jupp Heynckes bid a teary-eyed farewell from Bayern Munich after a historic season on Tuesday and said he has no plans to take over another team next season.

Heynckes said he needed a break after the eventful season in which he led Bayern to an unprecedented treble -- the Bundesliga championship, the German Cup and the Champions League.

Heynckes confirmed that he had been approached by clubs outside Germany, including "rich clubs where money plays no role." But the 68-year-old coach said he had no interest in another club at the moment -- although he stopped short of saying he was retiring.

Heynckes had been linked with Real Madrid, a former club he had also led to the Champions League title. He will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at Bayern.

Flanked by club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and the embattled president Uli Hoeness, Heynckes said he'd realized that at his age he needed more time to recover.

"I am telling you, I will first take a vacation," Heynckes said, adding that he did not want to use the word "final" when it comes to his career.

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