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Phillip Lahm issues plea for Pep Guardiola to extend stay at Bayern Munich

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Phillip Lahm has made it publicly clear that he and his Bayern Munich team-mates want Pep Guardiola to prolong his future at the Allianz Arena, according to the Daily Mail.

Since joining the Bavarians in 2013, the Spaniard has won five trophies, including two Bundesliga titles.

The former Barcelona manager took the job after a sabbatical period, which saw him leave the Catalonian giants in 2012, with whom he won 14 honours in just four seasons.

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Rumours are rife that Guardiola's future is in doubt, though, with reports suggesting the German is keen to manage in England should he leave Bayern.

Lahm and company, however, have voiced their support for Guardiola to continue at the helm of the Bundesliga champions.

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Speaking after their thumping victory against Cologne on Saturday - the club's 1000th league win - Lahm said: “The team's opinion is clear. We enjoy working together with our coach and he is an outstanding manager.

“Everything else is not in our hands. The only thing I can say is that the team would like Guardiola to stay.”

Lahm has been one of Bayern’s most loyal servants - the ‘Magic Dwarf’ has played a key part in their rich history during his 13-year career at the club, in which he has accumulated 21 trophies.

However, Lahm's plea could ultimately count for very little given that amidst the final year of Guardiola's contract, the ongoing issues surrounding Chelsea and Jose Mourinho could open a door for the Spaniard to realise his dream of managing in the Premier League.

The Blues are in a state of crisis following their abysmal start to the season - they sit 15th on 11 points, having lost five of their opening ten games - with rumours fast circulating that Mourinho could face the chop should their poor form continue.

The prospect of managing a side such as Chelsea would prove hard to reject for Guardiola who, when handed a high-quality squad and endless funding, could work wonders at Stamford Bridge.

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