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Farewell Tymo!

Tymoshchuk: I've had four outstanding years

Last season's treble triumph means Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has finally collected the set when it comes to winner’s medals. The midfielder was already a German championship and cup winner, and previously lifted the UEFA Cup with Zenit St Petersburg. Now at the third attempt he has also laid hands on the Champions League trophy, meaning he has won everything there is to win in club football.

After four eventful years in Munich, Tymo leaves Bayern for a new challenge. The 34-year-old is in fact still training with Germany's most successful club, but he rejoins Zenit on 1 July. Prior to returning to Russia, the Ukraine captain met fcbayern.de for a farewell interview.

Interview: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

fcbayern.de: Tymo, training at Bayern restarted on Wednesday and you've taken part over the last two days. Does this mean you’ve changed your mind and you're staying in Munich after all?
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk: (laughs) No, not at all. My contract with Zenit St Petersburg runs from 1 July, and my contract with Bayern expires on 30 June. So I can still do a little training here and work on the fitness basics before moving to St Petersburg. You can't pass up the chance to train at such a high level with team-mates like this.

What's your impression of new coach Pep Guardiola?
Very good. He's open and relaxed, his German is already very good and he explains everything in German. Certainly some of the things he does are new to us, but every coach has his own ideas and style. I think he's a very good coach who's taken charge of the best team.

You've been at FCB for the last four years. Was it hard to say goodbye?
Very hard, but it's always been like that, whenever I've left a previous club. It's always a difficult decision when you choose to move on, and it affects the family too, especially when you're playing with such a good team like here in Munich, at an amazing level and with such great success. We all get on very well with each other, and I'll certainly stay in touch with a number of the players. I've had four superb years.

What was your best moment in Munich?
There have been so many. I've had four outstanding years here, with many moments I'll never forget. The first championship in 2010, and the treble this season were outstanding, only seven teams have ever managed that. But there are other things away from the game: both my daughters were born in Munich.