Pep Guardiola has rubbished weekend reports that he might be leaving Bayern Munich and heading to Manchester City this summer to replace Manuel Pellegrini.
City boss Pellegrini has come under mounting pressure in recent months over his side’s stuttering European form and their limp defence of the Premier League title.
With two of Guardiola’s former cohorts at Barcelona – Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain – now installed in the boardroom at the Etihad, the rumours have gathered momentum.
But speaking ahead of the second leg of Bayern’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, Guardiola waa adamant that he will be staying in Bavaria next season.
He said: “I’ve said 200 million times before, I have another year on my contract. I will be here next year. There’s nothing more to say. Next season I will be here and that’s all there is to it.”
The 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp in the first leg of the Champions league tie followed by a 1-0 loss to Augsburg in the league on Saturday further fanned speculation over Guardiola’s future after what was the fourth straight loss for Bayern in all competitions, something that had not happened since 1991.
Guardiola left Barcelona in the summer of 2012 after winning 14 titles – including two Champions League trophies – in a four-year stint in Catalonia.
The 44-year-old joined Bayern a year later and has led them to back-to-back Bundesliga titles.
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