The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 23 , 2014
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Pep: Want to stay at Bayern Munich

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas during a training session, on Tuesday

Pep Guardiola has dismissed any suggestion he could take the vacant manager’s spot at Manchester United.

Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side knocked United out of the Champions League earlier this month, ensuring David Moyes would end his first season and only season at Old Trafford without a trophy.

Two years ago Guardiola was touted as one of the main candidates to take over from Alex Ferguson when the Scot retired, but succeeded Jupp Heynckes at Bayern instead, leaving Moyes to join United last summer.

Moyes was dismissed as United manager the day before Bayern’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Real Madrid, but Guardiola emphatically ruled himself out of taking the job — although left himself open to a move to Old Trafford in the future.

“I am here… I am at Bayern and I want to stay for two more years here,” said the Catalan, who is under contract with the European champions until 2016 and has led them to the Bundesliga title in record time in his first season in charge.

“We won the Bundesliga but I feel our team can improve. I knew perfectly the style of football in Spain but I had to change to a new culture, to the ideas of Germany and I need more time to feel this is really my team.

“I feel Bayern now is my team but I feel we can play better, we can improve and I think I still have work to do. I am comfortable here. I work with very kind people here and I want to stay, but after that, I don’t know what will happen.”

As well as retaining the Bundesliga, Guardiola has led Bayern to the German cup final and the Champions League semi-finals, giving the team every possibility of winning the treble for a second consecutive year. However, his maiden season in charge at Bavaria has not been without its dramas.

Sporting director Mattias Sammer and honorary president Franz Beckenbauer have both publicly expressed their distaste for the football Bayern play under Guardiola, and criticism of the former Barcelona coach has increased as his team have taken their foot off the gas since clinching the league title.

Bayern’s press officer, meanwhile, was also adamant that Guadiola was going nowhere, saying: “Tell the people in England, no chance.”