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The 68-year-old, who led the Bavarians to a historic treble last season, feels that the mentality and average age of the players bodes well for an era of domination

Jupp Heynckes says that former club Bayern Munich can rule Europe for the next decade.

The 68-year-old led the Bavarian outfit to a treble last season and says that the side he passed onto Pep Guardiola is perfectly placed to usher in an era of unprecedented dominance.

"A team structured like this, in terms of age, quality and mutual respect, has a great decade to come," Heynckes told Kicker.

"They are strong enough to remain the number one in Europe in the coming years."

Heynckes elected to retire from the game in the summer - despite being inundated with coaching opportunities after it was announced that he would be replaced at the helm by Guardiola - and he says he does not regret his decision to step back from the game.

"I have not found it hard to let go at all," he insisted. "That's because I always remained in the background and never sought the spotlight.

"On the contrary, it is a relief for me that I no longer have to make so many appearances in public!"

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