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Heynckes eyes European comeback

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Berlin, Germany (Sports Network) - Jupp Heynckes turned down an opportunity to extend his with Athletic Club Bilbao last week to join FC where he plans to return the club to the European stage. Heynckes has inked a two-year deal with Schalke. Heynckes has stated: "We have got very good players here. There is enough potential in the squad to finish in the top five. I have won championships both as a player and as a coach so I think I can judge the players accordingly." "Jupp is under no pressure here. We will let him do his work, but he should help us finish fifth at least," said Schalke's general manager Rudi Assauer. "In the last ten years Schalke have won the UEFA Cup, the German Cup and come close to winning the German championship," Heynckes said. "The atmosphere at the club is just exciting as at Real Madrid [CF] or in Bilbao. It fascinates every trainer who is given the chance to work here." Heynckes added: "In Spain the players are in close contact with the fans because they are allowed up extremely close after training. That is exactly the way it should be here in Schalke because the fans here are outstanding." Heynckes's resume includes two German league titles with Bayern and the 1998 UEFA Champions League crown with Madrid.