Saturday 16 December 2017

Pep Guardiola: Tell Manchester United 'no chance'

The Spaniard has insisted today that he will at the very least see out his three-year contract at Bayern

Simon Rice and Miguel Delaney

Within hours of Manchester United announcing David Moyes had been sacked, two of the front runners to replace him ruled themselves out of the running.

Jurgen Klopp, the Borussia Dortmund manager, was first do so and now Pep Guardiola, perhaps the most coveted manager in the world, has also said he is not interested.

"I am here I am at Bayern and I want to stay two more years here," he said in the build up to his team's Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid. "We won the Bundesliga but I feel our team can improve so I know perfectly the style in Spain but I had to change to a new culture, to the ideas in Germany and I need more time to feel this is really my team."

Ahead of Bayern Munich knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League earlier this month, the former Barcelona manager joked that Sir Alex Ferguson might have offered him the job prior to Moyes being appointed, but wasn't sure as he struggled to understand the former United manager's Scottish accent. After taking a year out of the game after an incredibly successful spell with Barcelona, the Spaniard chose to return to the game in Germany instead.

Despite taking on a team that won the treble last season, Guardiola appears to have improved them during his time at the Allianz Arena. The club won the Bundesliga with seven games to spare, are in the domestic cup final and are the favourites to lift the Champions League again. While the 43-year-old is not interested in joining Manchester United now, he refused to rule out the possibility in the future.

"I feel Bayern now is my team but I feel we can play better, we can improve and I think I still have work to do. I am comfortable here. The people [at Bayern] are gentlemanly and, after that [I eventually leave Bayern], I don't know what will happen."

The press officer then interjected: "tell the people of England, no chance!"

While Guardiola did not speak specifically about the sacking of Moyes, his views suggest he can understand why the Scot was sacked as he discussed the pressure on himself.

"It is nothing new. For the past five, 10, 15 years at the big clubs, if you lose you are out on the street. If you don't win you are always in danger of losing your job. At the big teams the only thing that counts in winning."

Earlier today, Klopp, who was considered a more realistic target for Manchester United, also ruled himself out.

“Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans,” the Borussia Dortmund manager informed The Guardian. “But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.”

Klopp extended his contract with last season’s Champions League runners-up in October last year, meaning that should he stay true to his word and honour the deal, he would not be available to move to any other club until 2018.

The perception that Dortmund are unable to break through a glass ceiling is not one that Klopp agrees with, even though he has had to endure the departure of his two best players in the past year to Bayern Munich.

It was this time last year that Bayern rocked the boat with the news that they had triggered Mario Götze’s release clause, even though they were to meet Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley.

And it was the turn of star-striker Robert Lewandowski to head to the Allianz Arena, when he announced in January that he would leave Dortmund on a free transfer after running down his contract, with a move to the Bundesliga champions set to be completed at the end of the season.

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