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Pep Guardiola storms out of press conference after persistent questioning over future

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola stormed out of a press conference on Wednesday following persistent questioning over his future, reports the Daily Mail.

Guardiola, 44, took exception to a question linking him with the England job after Euro 2016 by which time his contract at the German side will have finished.

But the former Barcelona coach, who has so far won 16 major honours during a fairly short career in management, is insistent that he does not wish to speak about his future.

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"Oh come on, I'm coach of Bayern Munich," he told journalists before bidding them farewell and leaving.

"Many thanks and auf wiedersehn."

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Guardiola had already politely declined a question about his future plans with a quick 'next question please' before one journalist brought the England role into the equation.

Reports suggested that the FA have singled out Guardiola as the man to replace Roy Hodgson when the current England manager's contracts runs out next summer.

Speculation about Guardiola's future has been apparent for some time now. Despite leading Bayern to two league titles in his two seasons at the club, as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2014, Guardiola suggested at the start of the season that he may not be the right man for the job and would step down if he felt another manager was more suitable.

Bayern chiefs, however, are hopeful that Guardiola will sign a contract extension and will open negotiations with the Spaniard as and when he feels ready.

The press conference was intended to be Guardiola's usual preview of the Bundesliga weekend fixture - the league leaders are currently unbeaten with six wins from as many matches and face ninth-placed Mainz on Saturday, buoyed by the remarkable midweek 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg in which Polish striker Robert Lewandowski came off the bench at half-time and scored five goals in nine minutes.

Arjen Robben, Mehdi Benatia and Franck Ribery are all still missing through injury.

Bayern have also responded to rumours that Manchester United will make another move for striker Thomas Muller in the near future, with chairman Karl-Heinze Rummenigge telling the Premier league club that the World Cup winner is "priceless".

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