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Friday 30 September 2016

Angry Guardiola silent on England link

Jason Burt

Published 26/09/2015 | 02:30

Pep GUARDIOLA walked out of a Bayern Munich press conference yesterday when he was asked whether he would be interested in becoming the England manager.

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However it is understood that the English FA has made no efforts to contact Guardiola or his representatives and is not considering replacements for Roy Hodgson, whose contract expires after Euro 2016.

The FA are bemused by the claims - and also suggestions that they are willing to pay a salary of £10 m a year.

Guardiola, who is in the final year of his deal with the German club, was pressed for a comment following a report suggesting the FA wanted him and said: "Oh come on, I'm coach of Bayern Munich. Many thanks and auf wiedersehen."

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has already confirmed that Hodgson's future will not be decided until after next summer's tournament and that it was dependent on how the England team fare in the meantime.

Guardiola had made it clear at his press conference, to preview Bayern's match away to Mainz, that he did not want to discuss his future having answered a more general question with a "next question please".

Guardiola, 44, has won two Bundesliga titles but was questioned at the start of the season whether he was the right man for the job.

Bayern have said talks over a new contract will be held when Guardiola is ready.

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