With Manchester City circling, Bayern Munich plan to extend Pep Guardiola’s contract

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All of those whispers that Pep Guardiola could be fired if Bayern Munich didn’t advance the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League this week? Almost certainly total nonsense, and definitely the No. 1 pipe dream of Manchester City fans around the world.

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While that part is pretty much irrelevant now, given Bayern’s passage into the final four, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says not only will Guardiola be retained for the 2015-16 season, but that the Bundesliga giant hopes and plans to extend the 44-year-old Spaniard’s stay in Munich beyond the 2016 season, when his current contract runs out.

Rummenigge, to Bild:

“The aim is to extend Guardiola’s contract and I think we have very good chances that he remains the coach here beyond 2016.”

The popular rumor surrounding Guardiola was that should Man City choose to fire Manuel Pellegrini this summer, they would either go after Guardiola immediately, or fill their managerial vacancy with a stop-gap manager and make a run at Guardiola once his current deal is up.

There’s no guarantee Guardiola will remain at Bayern beyond 2016 — he has often spoken of his desire to manage in a number of different leagues and countries, leading many to believe he’ll probably never stay in one place for too long — but at least we can all stop pretending that he was anywhere close to being fired.