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Bayern Munich deny they’ve sacked Niko Kovac

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CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rubbished claims that Bayern Munich will fire Niko Kovac in the summer.

Spox and Goal both claimed on Friday morning that Kovac will be sacked regardless of whether he wins a domestic double in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal Cup for his debut campaign.

After an impressive two-year stint at Eintracht Frankfurt, Kovac replaced the legendary Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena last summer.

The Croatian has achieved 33 victories and suffered just five defeats in his 47 matches in charge of Bayern.

Ever since the Bavarians’ slump in form during the first half of the season, however, Kovac has faced widespread speculation over his future in Germany.

Spox and Goal alleged that the 47-year-old had lost the support of the majority of the dressing room and no longer had the “unconditional trust” of the Bayern board.

Apparently, PSV Eindhoven’s Mark van Bommel and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag have both been lined up as potential replacements. Ex-Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has also been mentioned.

But Rummenigge has now rubbished those claims ahead of Bayern’s Bundesliga finale against Eintracht on Saturday.

“There is no decision (to sack Kovac), this report is completely made up,” he told Bild newspaper.

Although Bayern president Uli Hoeness wasn’t quite as clear when it came to discussing Kovac’s future.

When asked about the rumours, he replied: “We want to focus on winning the championship on Saturday, and then we’re all happy.”

While Bayern only hold a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund ahead of Saturday’s decider, a draw against Eintracht will likely be enough due to a superior goal difference.

Meanwhile, Hoeness was also asked about his summer transfer plans after promising to embark on a massive spending spree.

The German giants have since signed Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez for €80m along with Benjamin Pavard from VfB Stuttgart in a €35m deal.

But Hoeness has somewhat backtracked on his previous comments by confessing his reluctance to break the bank.

“I don’t want to buy a player for 80 or 100 million,” he said.

“But if you want to keep up with Manchester City, Liverpool or Barcelona, then you sometimes have to do things that I don’t like.”

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – MAY 11: (L-R) Joachim Loew, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Mintzlaff and Uli Hoeness attend the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Muenchen at Red Bull Arena on May 11, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)