Man City won't tempt Guardiola says confident Bayern chairman Rummenigge.



Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is confident that Pep Guardiola will not be convinced to leave Bayern Munich 'for a club like Manchester City'.

The Blues under Manuel Pellegrini have failed to hit the heights of last season, with an under-performing squad slipping down the league table, making no progress in Europe and meekly exiting both domestic cups.

Guardiola heads the list of coaches the City hierarchy are targeting to take the club to the next level, and Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano have previously worked with the coach at Barcelona.

But whether they can tempt him to the Etihad is another matter, and something that Bayern's chairman Rummenigge does not believe will happen.

"I don't worry about the rumour," he said. "It's just proof of his quality.

"But I can't imagine that Guardiola leaves for a club like Manchester City. I am sure that he will be team manager at Bayern at least until June 30, 2016."

Guardiola was courted by several top European sides after leaving Barcelona in 2012. His pedigree is not in doubt, with three league titles and two Champions League trophies among 14 trophies won during four seasons in charge at the Nou Camp.

If City were aware Guardiola would leave Bayern next summer it could increase the prospect of them keeping Pellegrini for another season or bringing in a short-term solution.


The manager has come in for some criticism during his time with the Bundesliga winners, who were soundly beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals last season.

A 3-1 defeat against Porto this year left Bayern on the brink of another elimination, but they roared back to win the reverse leg 6-1 at home to make the last-four.

With another league title looking a formality and the chance of another cup title, Rummenigge revealed to Bild that the club will try to extend the contract of a man who is meeting his targets at the Allianz Arena.

"We are very proud that this coach is our man," he said. "He is the best and most sought-after coach in the world. He has satisfied all our expectations."

"We have a plan. We will bring this season to an end and then talk in the second half of 2015.

"Our goal is to extend his contract. And I think we have good chances that he will still be our coach beyond 2016."

Rafa Benitez has been linked with the Blues, while Jurgen Klopp will be available in summer when he leaves Dortmund.

Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira continues to be linked with the Blues hotseat, with reports that the former Arsenal captain has the backing of some first team players to succeed Pellegrini.

Source: Manchester Evening News


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