Manchester City can forget about Pep Guardiola, says Bayern Munich chief

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is confident the Spanish coach will remain with the German giants.

There were doubts raised about the future of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, following the first-leg defeat at FC Porto in the Champions League, with suggestions by the Mirror, that he'd even had talks with Manchester City director of football, Txixi Begiristain.

Any such doubts were emphatically blown away, after Bayern Munich demolished FC Porto 6-1 in the second-leg on Tuesday night and advanced to the semi-finals of the competition, leaving the chairman of the Bavarian outfit confident their Spanish coach will stay, despite the speculation and rumours.

Speaking with Bild, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge assured: "I'm not worried about any of that." Regarding the reports linking Guardiola with a switch to the Etihad, and dismissing links with the English club by pointing out: "It just shows the quality of our manager. I also know that Begiristain worked with Pep at Barcelona."

With the utmost of confidence, Rummenigge also added: "I cannot imagine Pep Guardiola will join a club like Manchester City. I know for certain that he will be our manager until 30th June 2016, at the very least."

Highly contented that Bayern Munich have the "best and most sought after coach in the world," Rummenigge also sent out a further message, that Manchester City can forget about any chance of moving for Pep Guardiola.

"We have an agreement. We will finish this season, then we will talk in the second half of 2015. Our aim is to retain Pep Guardiola and I think we have a good chance of him being our coach, beyond 2016."

Given the future of Manuel Pellegrini is so shaky at present, question marks remain as to who Manchester City will now turn to, if they decide to replace the Chilean at the end of the season.

Former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez, has been tipped as showing an interest, as he is out of contract with Napoli this summer and fancies a return to the Premier League.

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