Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed to German newspaper Bild that manager Pep Guardiola will leave the club at the end of the season.
Rummenigge also confirmed that former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will take over from the Spanish boss having agreed a three year contract. The club have now also confirmed the news.
Speculation has been rife over Guardiola's future at Bayern after he confirmed earlier this week that he would make an announcement over his future shortly, but now it seems that Rummenigge has beaten him to the punch.
Guardiola joined the German giants in 2013 and has led the club to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, while his side are currently eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table; however he's yet to deliver European success.
Manchester City have been tipped as his next destination, which forced current boss Manuel Pellegrini to face questions over his future yesterday. “I am sure Pep Guardiola will work here some day," the Chilean admitted.
"I even hope he will have the opportunity to work at Manchester City too, because I love this club and I care about its future, and I am sure he would do a good job. When is the future, I don’t know, but if the future turns out to be next year the most important thing for me to do is try to win the title again this season. To win two titles in three years would be quite an achievement, I think, and we were runners-up last season too. That was not our best season, I admit, but at least it was not a disaster.”
Manchester United and Chelsea have both reportedly tried to land Guardiola, however it seems as though City have won the race for his services.
The Blues have already announced Guus Hiddink as interim replacement for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Thursday, and are said to be looking at Diego Simeone as the Special One's long-term replacement.
Manchester United meanwhile are reportedly considering sacking Louis van Gaal after a poor run of form and some lacklustre performances on the pitch.