Rummenigge confident Guardiola will stay at Bayern

The German champions’ chairman sees no reason the Spaniard will not extend his contract with the club and says he is a crucial part of their current success

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge remains confident that Pep Guardiola will extend his stay at the club, insisting the coach is pivotal to their success.

Rummenigge revealed in February that he had spoken with Guardiola about a renewal to his current deal at Bayern, which will expire in June 2016, but that the former Barcelona boss was unwilling to discuss a new contract during the season.

With the campaign in Germany just two months away from finishing, Rummenigge has now re-addressed speculation about Guardiola’s future and says the 44-year-old and his family are happy with life in Munich.

“I know that Pep and his family are feeling very well in Munich,” Rummenigge said. “There is nothing to suggest he will not remain our coach after 2016.

“He is key to the successful period we are going through at the moment.”

Guardiola and his Bayern team will attempt to maintain their 11-point over second-placed Wolfsburg with a win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday, with Dieter Hecking’s side taking on Mainz.

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