Pep Guardiola has played down suggestions that he could be set to replace David Moyes as Man United manager, reports The
Moyes was sacked on Tuesday morning after less than a year of a six-year contract, with Ryan Giggs taking charge until the end of the season. Attention now turns towards Moyes’ successor, and Guardiola was a name originally linked with the post when Sir Alex Ferguson departed last year – however, the Bayern Munich boss has insisted he is happy in Germany and plans to stay for another two years.
“I am here I am at Bayern and I want to stay for two more years here. We won the Bundesliga but I feel our team can improve. I knew perfectly the style of football in Spain but I had to change to a new culture, to the ideas of Germany and I need more time to feel this is really my team,” said the Catalan.
“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. I work with very kind people here and I want to stay, but after that, I don’t know what will happen.”
Guardiola, who ensured an impressive reputation as a coach while with Barcelona before moving to Germany, has led Bayern to the Champions League semi-finals this season, and into a position which could see them win the formerly elusive treble for a second consecutive season considering the club’s position in the German cup final, having already retained the Bundesliga.
That treble was a feat Man United themselves accomplished in 1999 – league, domestic cup and European trophy – with the Red Devils ironically beating Bayern in one of the most dramatic finals in living memory to round off the accomplishment under Ferguson.
Guardiola led his team to that summit in his first season in Germany, but Guardiola’s bosses have expressed a certain disdain for the football the Germans play under Guardiola’s guidance, especially with the club winning only three of their last seven since securing the league title.
Such criticism was met with speculation that Guardiola could be on his way out of the club – with the Premier League a potential destination – after a single season, but the former Barcelona and Roma defensive midfielder has insisted his stay at the Allianz Arena will continue.
The press officer at Bayern has also shot down any stories linking Guardiola with Old Trafford, stating simply: “Tell the people in England, no chance.”
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