Pep Guardiola says he will remain Bayern Munich manager next season despite speculation of a move to Premier League giants Manchester City.
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The ex-Barcelona manager was linked to a move to England to take over the City job from under-pressure boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Guardiola’s contact with the Bavarian club expires at the end of the current season, but he told reporters on Monday that he would remain at the reigning Bundesliga champions.
“My future is: Wednesday free, Thursday training, and, of course, next year to be here. That’s my future,” Guardiola is quoted as saying by AFP.
Bayern are on the verge of a shock Champions League quarter-final exit following its 3-1 first-leg defeat to FC Porto last week.
However, Guardiola’s side hold a 12-point lead at the summit of the Bundesliga table and can wrap the title at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
The Spaniard says that a league title would not be enough to satisfy the notoriously demanding Bayern faithful.
“This is a big club, so you can’t say we are in a cosy situation,” Guardiola said.
“If you win, you’re a genius. If you lose you have lots of problems, but that’s the nature of my job.
“We have to take more risks after the first-leg result, but I am happy to be here in this stage of the competition.
“I know it won’t be easy, but I am 100 per cent optimistic that we’ll do it.
“We are just a few steps away (from winning) the German Cup and the German league, if we win on Saturday against Berlin, we’ll be champions.
“That impresses me when I see how many problems we have had.
“But I know which club I am at, it isn’t enough to win the Bundesliga and the cup.
“Only a treble is enough for a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern, but I am proud to be here with these players.”
Guardiola knows all about the pressure of winning silverware, having won 14 titles with former club Barcelona during his four year stint at the club.