Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has ruled himself out of the running to replace Tito Vilanova at Barcelona.
A host of names have been linked with the vacancy at the Camp Nou after Vilanova was forced to step down this week as he continues to undergo treatment for throat cancer.
But Heynckes, who retired from management after leading Bayern Munich to UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal success last term, is content with his decision.
“I’m keeping myself busy with hobbies and sport. I have my animals and a huge garden,” he told Sky Sports Germany.
“I think it would be impossible for me, after working at Bayern Munich, now to take over a new club.
“I have understood the signals my body has been giving me and I am feeling good, enjoying the time I have for myself.”
Heynckes has previously managed Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid, overseeing victory in the Champions League in his solitary season in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Argentine coach Gerardo Martino is the current favourite to be appointed by Barcelona.
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