England’s top teams will pay particular attention to a certain Spaniard in Bavaria this festive season with Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola due to announce his future plans before Christmas.
Guardiola, 44, is halfway through the third and final year of his current contract and says he will announce his decision to stay or go before December 25.
Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is ready to make Guardiola a generous offer to extend his stay by laying out “many positive reasons to stay at Bayern”.
Club captain Philipp Lahm has told the coach the squad want him to stay.
“The team’s position is clear, we enjoy working with our coach and we really, really want to keep doing so,” said Lahm.
Spain international Xabi Alonso is reported to want to extend his contract, which also expires in June, should Guardiola stay.
And even Bayern fans got in on the act.
On Guardiola’s pre-Christmas visit to a Bayern fan club earlier this month, one supporter, dressed as Father Christmas, cheekily handed him an elaborate scroll.
It was a spoof contract to remain Bayern’s coach for the rest of his life.
All Guardiola had to do was sign his name and fill in “whatever amount of money he thought was appropriate”.
Although he laughed it off, Guardiola has become increasingly annoyed by the constant rounds of rumours, which has even seen him linked to the England national team.
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