Manchester United's hopes of appointing Pep Guardiola as David Moyes's successor have been left in tatters after the Bayern Munich head coach committed his future to his current employers.
Speaking on the eve of his side's Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola told reporters: "I am here, I am Bayern, I will stay two more years here making my job. I feel our team can improve.
"I need more time to feel, really, this is my team. Absolutely Bayern is my team. But I feel we can improve. I want to stay."
Reports in the Telegraph this morning claimed Manchester United were prepared to check on Guardiola's potential availability before turning back to their more realistic targets - such as Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal, who is the early frontrunner to become the Red Devils' new manager - but the Catalan, who won 14 major trophies during his four-year spell with Barcelona, has quashed speculation that he will leave the Allianz Arena for Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Guardiola follows Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who also ruled himself out of contention for the Manchester United job earlier today.
The Red Devils are also believed to have made an approach for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who has refused to rule out the possibility of making a shock summer switch to the reigning Premier League champions.
However, that Guardiola stated that he will stay with Bayern for another two years is sure to interest Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United.
Might there be a possibility that United appoint a manager for two years before attempting to lure Guardiola to Old Trafford?