News ID: 133123
Published: 0631 GMT December 18, 2015

Reports: Guardiola to leave Bayern when contract expires

Reports: Guardiola to leave Bayern when contract expires

Pep Guardiola is set to leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires next summer, according to widespread media reports.

Germany coach Joachim Low has been tipped as a potential successor alongside former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, reported.

Guardiola, 44, is approaching the end of his three-year contract and has promised there will be "clarity" on his plans next week, with the club's CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, having previously said there would be a final discussion after the game against Hannover today.

However, Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Wednesday that Guardiola — who has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal — has already made his decision and told Bayern last week that he would not prolong his stay.

The paper claimed that the former Barcelona boss feels "things have reached breaking point because of a fundamental disconnect between his footballing philosophy and the club's ethos, not to mention certain man-management issues he has had with the squad."

Later in the day, Sport Bild also reported that Guardiola has informed the club of his decision but did not say whether he had decided to stay or go.

On Thursday, reputable German football magazine kicker featured Guardiola on its cover with the headline, "Why Pep is leaving."

Kicker detailed a variety of reasons for his decision, and said that repeated assertions from Guardiola and the club that the final decision would be made when the winter break begins this weekend were "never credible."

It said Guardiola has repeatedly highlighted that he does not have control over Bayern's transfer policy and discussed an ongoing row over the medical staff.

In April, veteran club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and his staff walked out following a row after a major injury crisis that was blamed for Bayern's exits from the Champions League and DFB Pokal at the semifinal stage.

Kicker said Guardiola and Muller-Wohlfahrt's successor, Dr. Volker Braun, have also fallen out amid a new injury crisis at the club, which has seen the likes of Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa, David Alaba, Mario Gotze, Medhi Benatia, Holger Badstuber and Franck Ribery sidelined during the first half of the season.

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