BAYERN Munich manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that his future will be decided within the “next week” with both Manchester clubs closely following his actions.
In an interview with German broadcaster ARD, the Bayern Munich chief stated that he currently had “no answer,” but fuelled yet more rumours when he continued his statement: “Next week you will know the answer. Next week there will be clarity.”
His comments have come during a week of intense speculation linking the former Barcelona legend, 44, to both City and United, with his contract at the German club due to expire in the summer.
With the Reds arguably in transition under manager Louis Van Gaal’s controversial style of football and City suffering heavy defeats to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this season under Manuel Pellegrini, Guardiola would be the ideal choice for both teams.
But the most important aspect of this ongoing saga is entirely in Guardiola’s hands. Regardless of the efforts of the Manchester rivals, his decision will be final.
Given his history of managing established European giants, United would seem to be his most favoured choice.
But with City on the fringes of the very highest level of world football, the chance to create a new elite club to rival Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona may be impossible to resist.
Director of football at Manchester City, Txiki Begiristain, previously hired Guardiola as manager at Barcelona in 2008 and reportedly believes that the two-time Champions’ League winner will arrive in east Manchester should he turn down a new contract at Bayern.
On the other hand, United have decades of success and tradition to support their proposal and should they choose to bite the bullet and remove Van Gaal a year before his contract is due to run out, they would arguably become favourites in the race.
With the German Bundesliga set for a winter break after this weekend’s fixtures, the eyes of the footballing world will no doubt be focused on Guardiola as he prepares to write the next chapter of his career.
By Rob Wilson