He may be retired, but just like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Jupp Heynckes has not walked away from Bayern Munich altogether.
Last season's Champions League winning boss has revealed he has been speaking with in-demand Toni Kroos personally, and stated the case to stay.
Kroos has a contract which expires in one year's time, and Manchester United are widely reported to be attempting to sign the Bayern midfielder.
Yet Heynckes has stated today in an interview with German media outlet Sport1 that he hopes his words have done the trick.
"I spoke with Toni. If he takes my words seriously, he will stay. A team like Bayern are not currently available in Europe.
"He would be well advised to extend. At present he has a good offer from Bayern. Toni knows also. I hope that his advisor also knows."
United faced off against Toni Kroos personally themselves this week, while The Mirror reported that chief exective Ed Woodward was conducting an extended stay in Germany in an attempt to seal a deal.
Bayern have however been publicly reluctant to change their stance that he is not for sale, while Kroos and his agent this week have admitted as it stands, he remains a Bayern player.