Guardiola: I'm not leaving Bayern to join Man City

The former Barcelona coach dismissed rumours that he is on the verge of leaving the German champions and stressed he is happy in Munich

Pep Guardiola has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the 2014-15 campaign amid rumours linking him with a move to Manchester City.

The 44-year-old’s contract with the Bundesliga champions runs until the summer of 2016, but negotiations over an extension have been put on hold until the summer, fuelling speculation about a potential exit.

Nevertheless, Guardiola has made it clear that he is keen to stay at Bayern for the foreseeable future and has not been in touch with any other clubs.

“Manchester City? I did not receive any offers and I am not waiting for them. I hope to stay at Bayern Munich for a long time,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“I have a contract with this wonderful club and aim to fulfil that. I have not received any offers.

“We’ll sit down in the summer and talk. I am very happy here and this is a extraordinary club

Guardiola joined Bayern ahead of the 2013-14 campaign and guided them to the domestic double as well as the European Supercup and Club World Cup in his first season in charge of the Allianz Arena side.

The Bavarians currently sit atop of the Bundesliga table, while they are still in the race to win the Champions League and DFB Pokal, too, as Guardiola aims to emulate Jupp Heynckes and guide Bayern to the treble.

Guardiola: I will not leave Bayern

The former Barcelona coach dismissed rumours that he is on the verge of leaving the German champions and stressed he is happy in Munich

Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the 2014-15 campaign amid rumours linking him with a move to Manchester City.

The 44-year-old’s contract with the Bundesliga champions runs until the summer of 2016, but negotiations have been put on hold until the summer, fuelling speculation about a potential exit.

Nevertheless, Guardiola has made it clear that he is keen to stay at Bayern for the foreseeable future and has not been in touch with any other clubs.

“Manchester City? I hope to stay at Bayern Munich for a long time,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“I have a contract with this wonderful club and aim to fulfil that. I have not received any offers.

“We will see what happens after next year. I am very happy at Bayern.”

Guardiola joined Bayern ahead of the 2013-14 campaign and guided them to the domestic double as well as the European Supercup and Club World Cup in his first season in charge of the Allianz Arena side.

The Bavarians currently sit atop of the Bundesliga table, while they are still in the race to win the Champions League and DFB Pokal, too, as Guardiola aims to emulate Jupp Heynckes and guide Bayern to the treble.

EPL clubs copying Bundesliga model, says Rummenigge

The Bayern supremo thinks there is a growing trend in England of teams building state-of-the-art youth academies, just like in Germany

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes English clubs are copying their Bundesliga counterparts by turning their focus towards youth development.

German football has invested heavily in academies in the 21st century to great success in terms of players produced and, more recently, there has been a push in the Premier League to turn towards world-class performance centres.

Rummenigge – whose Bayern have produced the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber in recent years – fears that German clubs might soon have competition in terms of quality young players produced in the Premier League.

“I get the impression that English clubs are now working well in each aspect of the game,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild.

“I’m afraid English clubs are copying the German model with our performance centres and youth academies.

“We visited Manchester City in 2014 and they have built a youth academy for over €200 million. This shows that English clubs are no longer just buying players, but are also investing in education and in their future.

“At the end of the day, England will be a major rival for the Bundesliga.”

England currently sit second in the Uefa country ranking behind Spain, with Germany hot on their heels in third position.

Bayern Munich – Eintracht Braunschweig Preview: Bavarians continue DFB-Pokal defence

Pep Guardiola’s men turn their attention to the German cup after racking up 18 goals in their last three Bundesliga outings

Thomas Muller insists Bayern Munich are in no mood to ease off against Eintracht Braunschweig in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.

Bayern are seeking to become the first club to win the competition three years in a row, having not lost in it since the 2012 final.

But if second-tier Braunschweig were hoping the hosts – who have scored 18 goals in their last three Bundesliga games – might allow complacency to creep in, Muller had a stark warning.

“It will never happen that we do not go with the right attitude in a game,” he said. “We have to start from the first minute, what I expect from us. 

“We have been through so much and know what it is. We remain self-critical.

“There are no second chances in knockout games.”

Indeed, Bayern’s first two matches in the Pokal have underlined their desire to retain the trophy, with Pep Guardiola naming strong line-ups and seeing his side score seven goals in those fixtures.

The champions’ form in the Bundesliga has been ominous since the five-day blip that saw them lose to Wolfsburg and draw with Schalke in late January and early February.

Four games since have yielded 12 points, with Hamburg hammered 8-0 at the Allianz Arena and Paderborn going down 6-0 on home soil.

In stark contrast, the visitors – who sit sixth in the second tier having been relegated last season – are winless in four, scoring only three times in that spell.

Braunschweig’s progress in the Pokal has been hard-earned, with this tie their third consecutive away draw.

Victories at Oberliga leaders Bremer and Regionalliga Bayern table-toppers Wurzburger Kickers have come courtesy of a solitary goal, with Havard Nielsen the scorer on each occasion.

Bayern won both matches between the two sides last season 2-0, though Guardiola will be without captain Philipp Lahm (ankle), Thiago Alcantara (knee) and Mehdi Benatia (thigh) this time around.

One man recently back from injury, Holger Badstuber, feels he is getting close to the peak of his powers again.

The defender returned in the thrashing of Hamburg in mid-February and is looking forward to getting more game time under his belt.

“I feel good,” Badstuber said. “I still need patience until I’m back to the level where I see myself. I am on a path.”

Robben will be Bundesliga's top scorer, says Meier

The experienced attacker expects the Dutchman to bag the individual trophy come the end of the season due to Bayern’s impressive strength going forward

Eintracht Frankfurt forward Alexander Meier has little doubt Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben will be this season’s Bundesliga top scorer.

The Netherlands international currently leads the goalscoring charts with 17 goals from 19 appearances, but Meier is trailing the winger by just one goal following his double against Hamburg at the weekend.

Nevertheless, Meier feels he has little chance against the Bayern attacker and fears he might have to settle for second place in the end.

“Can I win the Torjagerkanone? I think Robben will make it,” Meier told AZ.

“He scores one or two goals each game and Bayern score four or five goals all the time.

“It will be impossible to catch him again.”

Robben and Meier are not the only two candidates for the title of Bundesliga top scorer, though.

Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost has climbed to third place in the rankings following his impressive form since the restart of the German top flight, scoring 13 goals in 12 league outings so far this term, while Robert Lewandowski and Franco Di Santo can still dream of individual success as well on 11 goals each.