Pep Guardiola lays low as Manchester City talk grows

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola pulled out of his pre-match press conference yesterday as speculation escalated he has decided to leave the club for Manchester City at the end of the season.
Pep Guardiola lays low as Manchester City talk grows

Reports in Spain - including in Catalonian newspaper ARA and El Mundo Deportivo - have claimed Guardiola has agreed to take over at the Etihad Stadium. Both reports claim the former Spain midfielder will inform the record Bundesliga champions before Christmas of his decision to leave.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated on Thursday an announcement would be made regarding Guardiola’s future before the end of the year.

“We will have a talk after the Hannover game (on December 19) and we will announce the result afterwards,” Rummenigge said.

“There is no intention to put back this date. Like we have already said, there will be a decision in 2015.”

Ahead of the inevitable questions over his future, which Guardiola has been avoiding for months, and which have seemingly been irking him, he chose not to meet the media yesterday ahead of today’s Bundesliga clash with Hertha Berlin.

Bayern stated private reasons were behind his decision not to attend the press conference, with Jerome Boateng fielding reporters’ questions instead.

City have repeatedly been linked with the former Barcelona boss, and with several former senior Nou Camp officials having moved to the Etihad Stadium it is to be expected that Guardiola should have admirers at the club.

Former Barcelona general manager Ferran Soriano is City’s chief executive

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