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Bayern icon Hansi Flick is back with the club

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The four-time German Bundesliga champion is returning to the Bavarian squad as Niko Kovac’s assistant coach.

29 years after his departure as a Bayern Munich player, four-time German Bundesliga champion Hansi Flick has returned to the club.

The 54-year-old will be manager Niko Kovac’s assistant coach, and he cannot be more excited about it.

“I was happy to be back. I’m looking forward to the job, to working with players again and working with Niko,” he told the club’s official website.

“When they asked me, I didn’t have to think too long about it. Bayern Munich is a club that is close to my heart, a top destination.”

On the communication with Croatian manager Niko Kovac, he said: “We talked a lot with each other – along with his brother Robert – and I believe there’s a good level of harmony.”

“And that’s important to me, that there’s mutual trust and a high level of competence and, above all, that we can have fun and be successful together.”

“For me, working as sporting director at the DFB was a new challenge at the time. I’m always curious and open to new challenges,” he added.

“We had some things we had to restructure, including the new academy. Of course, I was also involved, that was an exciting project.”

Flick explained: “But I simply noticed that working with players, with young people, is what I enjoy most. That’s why I realized relatively quickly that I wanted to get back onto the pitch.”

“We’re already closely exchanging ideas and planning pre-season and the subsequent steps. It’s obvious Niko’s the head coach. Our job is to work with the players and prepare the team as well as we can for the goals we’ve set ourselves.”