Bayern relaxed over Guardiola deal

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Bayern Munich intend to open talks with their coach Pep Guardiola over extending his contract beyond next summer at some stage this year, according to their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Guardiola’s current deal expires at the end of the coming season and neither he nor the Bavarian club have been in any rush to agree new terms.

Rummenigge last week admitted it would not be a tragedy if Guardiola did not stay on for a fourth season while BeIN Sports reported at the weekend that an agreement was in place with Manchester City for Guardiola to take over there next summer.

Those rumours will not alter Bayern’s roadmap with the Catalan coach, however, with Rummenigge saying everything is still going according to plan.

“Pep and I will hold talks over his future this year,” he told Kicker magazine. “That is our agreement.”

At the same time, Rummenigge rejected claims that Guardiola was not entirely satisfied with the transfers the record German champions have made by insisting that the Catalan was involved in all their transfer operations.

“It’s the club who decides about all transfers, but we do have to discuss them with the coach,” Rummenigge said.

“With (Guardiola’s predecessor) Jupp Heynckes, this could go on for hours.

“The question I tend to ask is ’where do you see this player playing?’. Only once did Pep say ’I want this player’ and that was with Thiago (Alcantara).

“Guardiola is not as demanding as he is often made out to be. Some fairy tales get told.”

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