Bayern Munich legend, Franz Beckenbauer, hopes that current manager Pep Guardiola will put off the idea of leaving the club when his contract expires next summer and sign on for another decade.
The former Barcelona manager has expressed his interest in leaving for pastures new when his three year contract comes to an end in 2016, but Beckenbauer has hinted that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Indeed, when the 44-year-old joined the club in the summer of 2013, he said that his main goal was to leave at the conclusion of his tenure having gifted the German giants a haul of trophies.
Although Guardiola has the luxury of managing any team he so wishes when he leaves, with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all showing an interest, Beckenbauer feels that he won’t find a club better than Bayern.
No place like home
Speaking to German newspaper Bild the Kaiser said: “I have always said that I hope Guardiola stays for ten years. He won’t be able to find better requirements at another club than he would find here in Munich.
"I have always said that I hope Guardiola stays for ten years. He won’t be able to find better requirements at another club than he would find here in Munich"
"He is 44-years-old and he has all the time in the world to manage another club when the time calls for it.”
Although Beckenbauer feels that Guardiola and his family have set down firm roots and feel accustomed to life in the Bavarian city, the 69-year-old believes that the Spaniard could just decide to leave the club when he wanted.
“During our recent Christmas celebrations I had the feelings that Guardiola and his family felt at home here," he continued.
"However Pep Guardiola does not need a contract. A manager of his calibre can just decide to leave when he wants too.”
I will survive
With the second half of the Bundesliga season kicking off in earnest on Friday - the German giants travel to VfL Wolfsburg - the 69-year-old has voiced his opinion regarding potential suitors for relegation, and believes that all the “traditional clubs” will fight for another day.
VFB Stuttgart, Hamburg, Werder Bremen and Bayern’s fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund are all in the mix for the drop, but Beckenbauer believes that they all have the facilities, the required management and potential to make amends during the second half of the campaign.
When concluding his interview with Bild Beckenbauer said: “Dortmund will not suffer relegation. If they were to win on Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen then I think that they could still finish in the top four.
"With VFB Stuttgart they have a great manager in Huub Stevens who knows situations such as these and I think they have the discipline and determination to avoid the drop.
"As for Hamburg they look like a team on a rise in terms of the investment which is coming through the doors, but we will have to wait and see if they pull of their potential on the field of play.”
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