Munich - Outgoing FC Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes is keeping his options open for the time being as to his future in the game.
Nothing ruled out yet
A well-earned break is top of the agenda now for the veteran tactician, who bowed out at the record German champions with an historic Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League treble in the bag.
"First of, I'm going to take a holiday, and I won't be taking up a new job either here in Germany or abroad at the start of July," Heynckes revealed at a press conference in Munich on Tuesday; "I need to step out of the limelight and recuperate."
The 68-year-old former prolific Borussia Mönchengladbach goalgetter touched on both the enormous strain of the season just ended and the interest shown by a number of top clubs in bringing him on board. He added that he did not feel ready to take on a fresh challenge at the moment, while leaving the door open for a possible return to the game.
His name has lately been connected with Real Madrid, who are on the lookout for a new coach following Jose Mourinho's departure for Chelsea. A Primera Divison old hand, Heynckes led Real to Champions League success in his one season in charge of them back in 1998. Ex-FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is set to succeed him at FC Bayern on the back of a one-year sabbatical.