Bayern Munich confident Pep Guardiola will sign new contract

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Bayern Munich are optimistic they can keep Pep Guardiola beyond the end of his contract, despite interest from Manchester City and Arsenal.

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the former Barcelona boss will be offered a new deal within the next two months, as they look to fend off interest from the Premier League.

Talks with Guardiola are yet to take place, though, as the Bavarians look to extend their record-breaking nine-match winning run which sees them top of the table in the Bundesliga.


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"There are a lot of things in favour of Bayern, but it is clear there are most likely other good-looking brides out there other that Bayern. But at the end of the day we are optimistic that Pep Guardiola will stay at Bayern," Rummenigge told Sky Sports.

Guardiola's position is healthy, with two Premier League sides in particular monitoring his situation at the Allianz Arena and ready to make an offer to the 44-year-old - if he chooses to leave Bayern, that is.

City have been frequently linked with Guardiola, such is their inclining to change managers every few seasons, whilst the Mirror revealed that Arsene Wenger has hinted he could leave Arsenal within the next two years, making way for Guardiola to sign on at the Emirates.

Bayern have won back-to-back titles in the two seasons Guardiola has been in charge and already look in great shape to comfortably win the title again, even at this early stage.

Therefore, the ex-Barcelona manager could be looking for a bigger challenge elsewhere, despite not winning the Champions League whilst in Germany.

Arsenal attractive proposition

The Gunners would present a greater challenge for Guardiola, with the club not having won the title since their 'Invincibles' side of 2004. However, Arsenal are highly unlikely to sack Wenger, who has been in charge since 1996, so Guardiola would have to wait for that opportunity.

Bayern Munich top Group F with two wins from two in a relatively simple group, whereas Arsenal are the only side without points. Guardiola faces his potential suitors in the Champions League this week as they look to continue their 100% start.

Guardiola will be hopeful he can win European football's biggest prize as his final honour should he choose to turn down Bayern's fresh terms.

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