No chance! Pep Guardiola commits to Bayern amid Man United speculation

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola insists he plans to see out his three-year contract at Champions League holders

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Pep Guardiola has underlined his commitment to Bayern Munich amid reports the Spaniard could replace David Moyes at Manchester United.

The former Barcelona manager was one of the names linked with the vacant position at Old Trafford after the defending English champions sacked Moyes on Tuesday morning.

I’m comfortable here and people respect my work. I want to stay here

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola was originally touted as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson before agreeing to become the next Bayern manager at the end of Jupp Heynckes’s reign.

The 43-year-old is currently preparing the Bundesliga champions for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

And speaking at his pre-match media conference, Guardiola reiterated his desire to see out the term of his contract.

Guardiola said: “I’m at Bayern and I signed for three years. I feel that we can still improve.

“I changed my Catalan culture for German and that wasn’t easy. And I need time.

“I still have a job to do, I’m comfortable here and people respect my work. I want to stay here.”

The Bayern press officer Markus Hoerwick further rubbished the speculation linking United to Guardiola by adding: “Tell the people in England, no chance!”

Pep Guardiola fact-file

• Known as ‘Pep’, he came up through Barcelona’s youth ranks to win six Spanish Liga titles, one European Champion Clubs’ Cup, a Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup and two Copa del Rey trophies from 1990 to 2001. Also had spells with Brescia, Fabio Capello’s Roma, al-Ahly in Doha and Mexico’s Dorados de Sinola before ending his playing career in 2006. Won 40 caps and Olympic footballing gold with Spain in 1992, but missed the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup tournaments through injury.

• Having coached Barcelona’s B team, he took charge of the senior side in 2008 and won the Champions League, Spanish Liga and Copa del Rey in his first season in charge. In the process he became the sixth man to have lifted the European Cup as player and coach.

• That was just the beginning of a glorious four-season spell which yielded 14 trophies in all. In his second campaign, Guardiola steered Barcelona to a second Liga title as well as the Spanish and Uefa Super Cups and the Fifa Club World Cup. Even more success followed in 2010/11 as Barcelona completed a hat-trick of Spanish titles and, for the second time under Guardiola, got the better of Manchester United FC in the Champions League final.

• In his final season, 2011/12, Guardiola’s team won the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup once more before he signed off his reign with a second Copa del Rey triumph.

• After a year’s break from football, Guardiola took charge of Bayern in June 2013, replacing Jupp Heynckes at the helm. In his first campaign he collected the Uefa Super Cup, Fifa Club World Cup and, with a record seven games to spare, the Bundesliga title.

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