"I really appreciate [his support]".
Frankfurt's sporting director Fredi Bobic was furious, accusing Bayern of being "not professional and disrespectful". "We deliberately told Frankfurt as early as possible so they can get a successor".
Kovac will be joined at Bayern by his younger brother Robert as assistant coach.
Salihamidzic said: "We agreed a three-year contract on Thursday".
A further twist is that both clubs are owned by Bostonians: John W. Henry's Fenway Sports Group is the parent company of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox while Roma's James Pallotta has also a minority share of the Boston Celtics.
Kicker magazine reported that Bayern would pay a fee of 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt.
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Without doubt the biggest losers of the managerial appointment, Eintracht Frankfurt have lost a promising manager that had transformed the club in a two-year spell.
"If anybody think this is the easiest draw then I can not help this person; they obviously didn't see both games against Barcelona", he said. "A enormous fixture, in a very positive way", he said when asked about the tie. "Not of Eintracht Frankfurt".
Eintracht Frankfurt boss Kovac, 46, will take over the reins from interim manager Heynckes at the end of this season, it was announced on Friday. Liverpool's triumph in '84 was its fourth in eight seasons but it had been a decade since the Merseyside club reached this stage of the competition.
Former Croatia global Kovac, who has signed a three-year contract, claims the whole deal was done on Thursday. He won over the players through tactical nous, commitment and by convincing them of the value of sacrifice for the team. Respect is hugely important in such a collective. If we have to do so in order to get to the final, so be it.
While Kovac's hopes of guiding his current club to Champions League qualification suffered a significant setback in a 4-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, Bayern had no such problems as they cruised to a 5-1 hammering of Borussia Monchengladbach.
Frankfurt have been critical of Bayern's "unprofessional" approach for Kovac - director of football Fredi Bobic slamming the German powerhouse.