Bayern in no rush to extend Guardiola deal – Rummenigge

The Allianz Arena chief believes the former Barcelona boss is happy with his current terms and talks over a new contract are not imminent

Bayern Munich are in no rush to extend Pep Guardiola’s contract despite their excellent performance, according to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Spaniard spent four years as Barcelona boss until voluntarily stepping down at the end of the 2011-12 season.

He then took six months out of football before being confirmed as the future Allianz Arena coach in January 2013, replacing treble-winning Jupp Heynckes in the summer.

Guardiola promptly won the Bundesliga in record time in his first season, as well as the DFB Pokal, and has guided the Bavarians to an 11-point lead with 16 games played just before the winter break this term.

Despite there being just 18 months left on the coach’s contract, Rummenigge claims that Bayern are not chasing Guardiola down to extend his current deal beyond June 2016.

“We expected there to be some hiccups before Christmas but the leadership under Pep Guardiola has been brilliant,” he told Bild. “We will do everything we can to keep him here.

“He has massive value for us. But his current contract runs for over one and a half years. These are light-years for him. He is not a person who needs a long-term guarantee, or needs to improve his contract.

“It’s not the right moment yet to speak about extending it. When this is the case, we will see what happens.”

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