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Heynckes thrilled with Martinez

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 9 Nov 2012

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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has spoken of his delight with the way Javi Martinez has adapted to life at the club.

The defensive midfielder joined the Bundesliga giants for a fee of 40 million euros from Athletic Bilbao in a move which raised eyebrows, as reports suggested the price tag was too high.

But Heynckes believes that in comparison to transfers made by other European clubs, Martinez, who was recently called up to the Spain squad for the friendly against Panama, will prove to be shrewd business.

“Javi is on the right track and he will become even better,” Heynckes told reporters ahead of Bayern’s clash against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

“When I look at the signings other top clubs in Europe have made this summer, then Martinez has surely been a hit.”

Despite being without star striker Mario Gomez this season due to injury, Bayern have opened up a seven-point lead atop the Bundesliga.

But Heynckes warned his team against complacency with a meeting against newly promoted Frankfurt, who have surprised this season, a danger game.

“We haven’t done our jobs yet,” he told the Bundesliga website.

“We aren’t going to let the euphoria get to us. The fans can enjoy it far more than we can. Let’s just wait until the 34th game of the season.”

Gomez is closing in on a return after ankle surgery and is likely to be available in the next fortnight.

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