Bayern Munich have made it abundantly clear they do not want manager Pep Guardiola to leave the club.
Undoubtedly the most sought-after manager in European football, the Spaniard hinted at a possible exit from the Bavarians when he said he was not fond of staying at one club for too long.
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The defending German champions are having none of it, though.
According to the Mirror, the Bavarians are prepared to offer Guardiola a mouth-watering £17 million-per-year to remain at the club and stave off interest from English suitors.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly leads the charge for his signature, while the aforementioned English clubs are monitoring developments.
As a result of the growing interest, Bayern have brought forward talks to next month in an attempt to a secure a deal until 2018, though Guardiola knows a one-year deal will keep his options open.
He is already the world's highest paid manager at £14 million-per-year, leading under-fire Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on £12 million-per-year. Accepting this new contract would separate him even further from the pack, though it remains to be seen whether he would to commit despite the astronomical offer.
A MAN IN DEMAND
Guardiola’s adviser, Josep Maria Orobitg, said: “Not even I know what Pep’s intentions are. We’ve had some intensive talks in the past few days, but when it comes to things like this, he’s very private."
His future continues to hang in the balance, then, and only after December will we see how things pan out for Guardiola regarding his whereabouts next season.
And should he decide to leave Bayern, English football can only hope he'll realise his dream and make the move to a Premier League side.
Football fans: how much would you love to see Pep Guardiola manage your side?
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