Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has stated that his club will not sell Manuel Neuer to Manchester City, the team they prepare to face tonight, according to ESPN.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been thought to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after he dropped his regular number one, Joe Hart, after a string of costly errors. Costel Pantilimon has been preferred in the last few weeks.
German international Neuer has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world after helping to steer his side to the treble last year.
Since signing from fellow Bundesliga side Schalke for around £20 million in 2011 the 6ft4in stopper has made 79 appearances in the top flight for the Allianz Arena outfit and he is expected to play a major part if his country are to live up to their tag as one of the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
There is little wonder why City, who are looking to retain the Premier League title that they lost to Manchester United last season, would want to purchase Neuer and it is reported that the big spenders would be willing to pay £40 million.
Unsurprisingly Guardiola, who took over as manager of the German giants in the summer, was keen to dispel any rumors.
When asked if he had any plans to sell the 27-year-old, reporters received a definite: "no chance."
Munich take on the Citizens tonight in the Champions League on home turf. Guardiola's side are top of the Bundesliga and have already qualified from the group they share with City, who have also qualified.
However Pellegrini's men can still jump into top place if they exact revenge for their earlier loss at the holders' hands with a big win.