Friday 20 April 2018

'Of course I will stay here next season' – Pep Guardiola rules out Munich departure

Pep Guardiola has said he will remain at Bayern Munich next season
Pep Guardiola has said he will remain at Bayern Munich next season Newsdesk Newsdesk

Bayern Munich manager has said he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich in the summer after a tumultuous week for the Bundeligsa club.

The German side were humbled 3-1 in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto, with the club's club doctor resigning in the aftermath after four decades with the club after claiming his medical team had been "made responsible for the defeat.

Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, also the doctor of the Germany national team for several decades, said in a statement that the "relationship of trust has been damaged" as he and three of his assistants left the record German champions.

Bayern were lacking five key players for the 3-1 defeat in Portugal with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez all currently sidelined.

Coach Pep Guardiola is understood not to be completely satisfied with Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt's work, although he has not publicly pointed the finger at him.

Last year, Guardiola advised Thiago Alcantara to seek treatment in Spain at his own preferred doctor rather than follow Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt's advice.

Bayern sent one of their own doctors along to observe the work being carried out, indicating a division between the coach and the medical staff.

It is also rumoured that Ribery is unhappy about the treatment he has been receiving recently, which may ultimately have led to Muller-Wohlfahrt's decision.

Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that the former Barcelona coach may leave the club at the end of the season regardless of what is achieved, with Manchester City touted as a possible destination.

Speaking at a media briefing, the Spaniard refuted any such suggestions and indicated he will remain in Germany for next season at the very least.

"Of course I will stay here next season," he said. "You have to ride the challenges."

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