Bayern Munich are set to offer Pep Guardiola a new contract in an attempt to stave off the attention of Manchester City and Manchester United.
However, there is just one little problem: the Spaniard doesn’t take any value in long-term contracts. This position has obviously left the German side a little nervous, as they don’t want Guardiola to suddenly leave them for a European rival.
Bayern Munich’s chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has now explained that they are going to try and convince their manager to sign a new deal. But despite these plans, he is fully aware that by simply asking Guardiola he is probably going to annoy him.
“He’s the best coach Bayern Munich could have had,” Rummenigge explained, according to the Express. “He’s also a wonderful person and it’s a great pleasure to work with him.”
It was at this point that Rummenigge, who played for the German national side and Bayern Munich during his career, confirmed that they want Guardiola to stay with the club for years to come.
“I hope he stays a long time with us. I know him and I know he is not the sort of person who likes to renew his contract early or places much value in a long-term contract. I would only get on his nerves if I were to ask him now. I know when I need to seek talks and that’s not going to happen in the very near future because he doesn’t want that. We still have time to discuss the issue.”
In the past, Pep Guardiola, whose current contract expires in 2016, has been linked with numerous jobs in England.
Both Manchester City and Manchester United are believed to have been keen to have acquired his services. Guardiola has previously made it clear that he would like to manage at Old Trafford at some point in the near future.
According to the Manchester Evening News, he is even thought to have discussed replacing Sir Alex Ferguson with the man himself during his year-long sabbatical from management. By the time Ferguson had announced his decision to leave Manchester United, Pep Guardiola had already confirmed he would manage Bayern Munich.
Instead, United hired David Moyes, who was ultimately fired after a catastrophic first season in charge of the club. Louis Van Gaal has since replaced the Scot, but he has insisted that he will only stay for three or four seasons, which means that if Guardiola signs a new contract with Bayern, the timing could be perfect for him to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
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