New, but familiar Bayern Munich coach, Jupp Heynckes says he has kept in touch with European football, despite being out for four years.
Heynckes has been picked to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich till the end of the season.
The veteran manager, was last in the dugout in the 2012-13 season with Bayern Munich, winning the treble of Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League.
“I’ve watched the most recent developments, be they in the top foreign leagues with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus or the Premier League. I’ve also been very busy with the Bundesliga,” he told a news conference.
“There were several reasons [for my comeback]. There’s the friendship with [president] Uli Hoeness and the contact with [chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, which has never been broken down the years.
“I also have a lot to thank Bayern for. They were the springboard to an international career, which then continued in Spain.
“I thought 2013 was the end of my coaching career. I’ve had several offers from top European clubs since the treble but they were never an option for me.
“Critics say I’ve been out the game for four years but football’s not been re-invented. I’ve followed very closely.
“Age is a number and nothing more. Some feel old at 45. I’ve not changed. I feel young. I have the resting heart-rate of a 60-year-old!
“My job is to analyse the situation. Despite the difficult situation, I’m confident we will soon show a different face.”