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“Not an option” – Pep Guardiola’s management comment on Manchester City future amid Bayern Munich claims



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The management of Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has commented on the Catalan’s Etihad Stadium future amid talk of Bayern Munich interest.

City supporters are facing some element of uncertainty surrounding the future of the club’s all-time greatest coach, with his existing Etihad Stadium agreement set to expire at the end of next season as things stand.

Manchester City have been insistent on maintaining a feeling of calm around the future of Pep Guardiola, allowing the former FC Barcelona manager the time and space to reflect and weigh up his options in his own time.

When questioned on his own future in various press conferences, Guardiola himself has insisted that one year is a long time in football, while the trust between him and Manchester City’s officials allows him to make a decision with no internal or external pressures.

However, amid the public uncertainty surrounding Pep Guardiola’s future, reports from Germany have speculated that Bayern Munich would be keen in making a move to bring the Catalan back to the Allianz Arena following their time together between 2013 and 2016.

However, speaking directly to Sky Sports in Germany, as relayed by journalist Kerry Hau, the representatives of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have insisted that the coach is ‘very happy’ at the Etihad Stadium, with Bayern Munich ‘not an option’.

“Pep (Guardiola) has FC Bayern (Munich) in his heart, but he does not want to leave Manchester City this summer,” the 53-year-old management explained amid the latest reports from Germany.

Guardiola’s management continued, “He is very happy (at Manchester City) and has a contract until 2025. A return to FC Bayern is not an option.”

Such comments have largely been sparked by German media outlet Kicker, as translated and relayed by Get German Football News, who reported earlier this week that Bayern Munich are ‘dreaming of a potential return’ of Pep Guardiola.

The same report pointed towards the fact that Guardiola still owns an apartment in Munich and regularly visits the Bavarian city, whilst also suggesting that the current City boss could feel he has unfinished business at the club having failed to win the Champions League.

One of Pep Guardiola’s former Manchester City captains and legendary figures during his time at the Etihad Stadium has commented on the future of the Catalan, with Fernandinho suggesting that a job at national team level could come next.

Speaking earlier this year, the Brazilian midfielder explained, “It’s hard to say Brazil’s in the lead, very difficult to know. A chance, but other teams are on par to possibly have Guardiola… I don’t think Spain. The Catalonia/Spain issue… I’d believe England; where he is, knows the players.

“Maybe Netherlands, his father in football? [Johan Cruyff] I think we have to think outside the box. Style of play, it’ll depend on several things. I’d guess by 2030 [for the World Cup]. In other words, by 2026 with a national team.”