Report: Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich to manage Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola could be heading to the Premier League.

According to a report from beIN Sport in the Middle East, the same region Manchester City’s owners call home, Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and join Man City as their new manager.

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However a reliable source has told ProSoccerTalk that the rumors linking Guardiola with the job are wide of the mark, but this speculation will only continue to heat up as the summer continues.

Guardiola, 44, has long been linked with a switch to City as the pressure continues to mount on current boss Manuel Pellegrini following City’s failure to retain the Premier League trophy they won last season.

A combination of City’s poor displays in the UEFA Champions League over the las  two seasons, plus Guardiola’s Bayern losing 3-0 to his old club Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal earlier this week could also play a huge factor in making this move a reality.

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The reason why Guardiola has long been linked with the City job is due to his relationship with Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, who have both been directors at Barcelona. Soriano and Begiristain have been in charge as directors at City since 2012 and would welcome a coach who shares their footballing philosophy.

Guardiola has spent the last two seasons at Bayern, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles, but has come under increasing criticism for his failure to add a UEFA Champions League title to the Bavarian giants trophy cabinet. Guardiola’s side have also lost four games on the spin, the first time that has ever happened in his managerial career, plus disputes with Bayern’s former club doctor and other strange behavior from the Spaniard towards players and coaches on the sidelines has also taken place this season.

After masterminding one of the greatest teams the world has ever seen from 2008-12 at Barcelona, where they won two UCL titles and just about every other trophy going, could Guardiola be heading to England to take charge of City? His current contract at Bayern runs out at the end of next season, which is coincidentally also when Pellegrini’s deal as City’s boss runs out. Maybe it would be better for everyone if Pep arrives in Manchester next summer instead…

Watch this space.