Heynckes: Can won’t improve Bayern

Emre Can looks set to leave Liverpool in the off-season but a return to FC Bayern München is not on the cards after Jupp Heynckes latest comments.

Can, 23, arrived at the Reds under Brendan Rodgers in 2014 after the English Premier League side activated his £9.75 million release clause with Bayer Leverkusen.

His displays at the Bay Arena in his solitary season upon joining from Bayern, convinced Rodgers of his undoubted potential as a tireless midfielder.

However, four years on, the 18 time capped senior Germany international is available on a Bosman free transfer with his contract set to expire at the end of the current season.

Juventus, Manchester United an a fairytale return to Bayern has been mooted in English media, but Heynckes recent comments suggest otherwise.

"There are certain criteria that a player should meet," the 72-year-old told Kicker. "I had Can for a few months in 12/13. He trained instep kicking with a pendulum ball. This is the ABC of football, this should be already a mastered skill at this point.

"He is a good boy. He has developed nicely, he's dynamic, powerful, but in my opinion, if Bayern wants to be a dominating team in Europe, there should be a specific player with certain abilities in every position.

"For me it's also important that the footballing concept is at a very high level, not only physicality, speed, no, many abilities play a role. That’s how I see it."

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