Saturday 24 September 2016

'I know where he is going' - Bayern chief reveals Pep Guardiola has decided on next role

Published 21/12/2015 | 18:39

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, pictured, is one of the names in contention to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, pictured, is one of the names in contention to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Pep Guardiola has already chosen his club for next season, amid increasing speculation that he has agreed to take over as Manchester City manager.

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Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Guardiola in recent days, but City appear to be the most likely destination for the Spanish tactician who has confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of his contract this summer.

While Guardiola has yet to confirm where he will next manage, Rummenigge has suggested the decision has already been made by the two-time Champions League winning coach.

“I think I know where he is going - but I want to leave the announcement to him or his new employer,” Rummenigge told Bild.

“He came over to me two weeks ago at our Christmas party and told me that he was looking for a new challenge. He was almost apologetic. I'm not disappointed in him.”

Rummenigge admitted he was not surprised by Guardiola’s decision to leave his role as Bayern Munich coach after three seasons, suggesting the indications of his departure have been evident for some time.

“You could read between the lines and that was something that we should have interpreted,” he added. “We did take note of it, but we just wanted to give him time to make up his mind in peace.”

Manchester United officials have persistently distanced themselves from any moves to recruit Guardiola, fuelling the suspicion that Old Trafford chief are fully aware of the Spaniard's decision to join a rival club.

It remains to be seen whether City will confirm Guardiola's arrival before next season, with current boss Manuel Pellegrini's contract not due to expire until the summer of 2017.

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