Chelsea and Manchester City have been alerted after Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes indicated he could change his mind about retirement.
According to the Daily Mail, both Chelsea and Manchester City owners will be extremely interested in the Bundesliga-winning coach’s latest comments.
Rafael Benitez has already confirmed he will be leaving Stamford Bridge when his tenure as interim manager comes to an end this summer, which has left Roman Abramovich with the task of replacing him.
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini’s future has seemed uncertain after a disappointing season at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are almost certain to lose their Premier League title to rivals Manchester United and were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage.
Heynckes was due to retire at the end of this season and ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola – another reported managerial target of both Chelsea and Manchester City – confirmed as his replacement this summer.
Now the German has admitted he may not be so keen to stand down after the first trophy in what could be a stellar season.
“I have a right to think carefully about my future and what I should do next,” he is quoted as saying.
“If a new Pope can be elected at 76 years old, then why shouldn’t I work as a football coach at 68?”
Bayern Munich were confirmed as Bundesliga champions at the weekend after they maintained their 20-point lead over rivals Borussia Dortmund.
It was a record 23rd Bundesliga title and Heynckes’ side have been crowned champions earlier than any other team in the history of the league.