Bayern Munich have breathed a sigh of relief with the news that Manuel Pellegrini has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester City. The Premier League outfit has awarded a new two-year contract to its manager despite the fact that the club failed to win any major trophies last season. Apart from backing him with a new contract, City have also allowed him to splurge on players like Raheem Sterling for around £50 million. There has been a whole shakeup of the squad following this poor campaign. Pellegrini, though, was widely viewed as a stopgap before getting Guardiola.
The former Barcelona manager is widely judged as the best in the business and he is reportedly the kind of manager would fit into the football philosophy of City. The club have been intent on beautiful and attractive football. Guardiola has had mixed success at Bayern Munich after moving from Barcelona. Even though the club has been comfortably wrapping up the league titles, they have been unable to make any sort of an impact in the Champions League. Guardiola has brought a fair share of his own players to the squad and even they have not contributed to the success in European competitions.
The upcoming campaign is seen as a make or break for the Spanish manager especially given that his contract runs out in the summer of 2016. Guardiola has so far been silent on the contract issue.
However, Pellegrini signing a new contract is welcome news for Bayern Munich. Club director Matthias Sammer says that Manchester City have indirectly stated that they are not interested in getting Guardiola. Hence, he has stated that the German club can now concentrate on the upcoming campaign without rumours and speculation about the manager. He said:
“I get the impression that people are trying to outdo each other with the speculation about Pep’s future.
“There have been so many rumours over the past few weeks. But I guess Pellegrini’s renewal with City is bad news for those who said Pep would move there in 2016.
“I can only say that we are not taking all the rumours and speculation too seriously. But that does not mean we are underestimating the situation.”
Bayern begin the new campaign with a home game against Hamburg. The club has made some crucial signings in the transfer window like Arturo Vidal.
There are also potential departures from the Allianz Arena, as players like Mario Gotze appear to be clearly dissatisfied with the amount of first-team opportunities that they have been getting under Guardiola. Gotze has publicly been noncommittal about his presence as the Bayern Munich winger going into the new season. He has been linked with Italian outfit Juventus with whom Bayern recently did business by bringing in Vidal.