We need young players: Bayern coach Kovac

DOHA (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac admitted his team needed “young players”, amid speculation the German champions have launched a 33-million-euro bid for Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Kovac, speaking at Bayern’s annual winter training camp in Qatar, refused to confirm or deny the club’s interest in the 18-year-old English star but conceded changes were needed.

“We always need young players,” said Kovac.

“It is my job and the job of (Bayern Munich Sporting Director) Hasan Salihamidzic to change the team as the team does not get any younger.”

He added, “If a player is good it doesn’t matter how old he is.

“We are looking for younger talented players but also players who are ready because the young talented players need time to develop.”

Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has said Bayern are “very interested” in the teenager, whose has been with the Londoners since 2007 but is stalling on a new contract.