Pep Guardiola supporting Bayern Munich against Real Madrid

Roma's players celebrate after eliminating Barcelona in the Champions League

Roma's players celebrate after eliminating Barcelona in the Champions League

James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich under Carlo Ancelotti, blossomed under Jupp Heynckes, and is now relishing the prospect of working under Niko Kovac, the coach set to swap Eintracht Frankfurt for Bavaria in the summer.

They are also through to the Champions League last four where they will face Real Madrid and take on Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup semi-final next week.

The club's resurgence has continued this term with Kovac's men fifth in the Bundesliga, just two points behind Bayer Leverkusen, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

'Kovac generally makes a very positive impression, ' Heynckes said.

However, that prompted an angry response from Frankfurt after sporting director Fredi Bobic, who claimed that the timing of the announcement was "unprofessional and lacking in respect" and could be damaging to the team's form over the remainder of the season.

Salihamidzic said: "We agreed a three-year contract on Thursday". Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.

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James has been a consistent performer for the recently-crowned Bundesliga champions throughout the season. Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach. Both of us and Hasan [Salihamidzic] have tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp.

At a news conference later Friday, the older Kovac said he had mixed feelings about leaving Frankfurt, but "not many coaches, not many players" get an opportunity at Bayern.

The Croat, who had also coached his country at the last World Cup in Brazil, had impressed by helping Frankfurt survive relegation in 2016 before leading them to contention for a European slot for next season.

Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards.

He has seven goals in his last nine Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich, but Germany global Sandro Wagner knows there is only one king in Munich, and the rest of the world, for that matter.

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