Rummenigge Opens Up About Guardiola’s Contract


Pep Guardiola, the coach of Bayern Munich, who has won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons with the club, is nearing the end of his contract. There has been a great deal of speculation that he will leave Germany for England at the end of the season, however, he has repeatedly refused to answer any questions about his future.

Club Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge understands the importance of bringing back Guardiola as the leader of the club. After Bayern Munich’s home win against Stuttgart on Saturday, Rummenigge told reports that Pep Guardiola’s future as the club’s head coach will be settled during the upcoming winter break.

The club’s final Bundesliga match of 2015 will be held on December 19 at Hannover, and Rummenigge expects extension talks to be held soon after, with Guardiola’s current contract set to expire in June.

“We will have the conversation after the last game of this half of the season,” Rummenigge told Sky after the game on Saturday. “Then there will be a decision which we will announce whatever the outcome of this discussion. There will be a Christmas surprise, one way or the other. I am relaxed about it and so is the coach,” added Rummenigge.

Pep Guardiola has remained focus on the task at hand, and that is winning the the elusive triple — Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League titles.

“I hope the players keep this aggression up until the winter break and then until the end of the season, because if we don’t win the triple, it will have been a bad season,” stated Guardiola. “The players have done well in all competitions up until this point and I hope they come back from the international break healthy and fit.”

There is no question that Pep Guardiola is highly coveted by a number of Premier League clubs. However, there is a chance that Guardiola will not sign anywhere. Should Guardiola and Bayern Munich not reach a deal, there is a chance that the Spanish coach could once again take a sabbatical, as he did upon departing Barcelona in June 2012.

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Bjorn Koch is a businessman, world traveler, lover of fine dining and soccer fanatic. Born in Germany, where he fell in love with Bayern Munich, Bjorn currently resides in Boston, MA.