Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has mocked DidiHamann over his recent claim that Pep Guardiola was in talks to join Manchester City.
Former City midfielder Hamann, who came through the youth ranks at Bayern and made over 100 appearances for the German club, had backed a report from Qatari-owned global sports channel beIN Sports last month that said Guardiola was likely to take over at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The story broke on Saturday via a tweet from beIN Sports, and the story has developed on Sunday with the Sunday Times’ claim that AC Milan are also trying to court Guardiola to join their club this summer. Bayern have lost their last four games in a row, and the Bavarians look likely to be dumped out of the Champions League this week by Barcelona following a 3-0 defeat in the first leg.
DidiHamann has taken to Twitter to defend news that Man City are now primed to pen Pep, while LotherMatthaus has also voiced his understanding that Pep-to-City is definitely a true tale. Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed growing speculation linking him with a summer switch to Manchester City.
Guardiola told a news conference on Monday: “I have said it 200 million times that my future lies at SabenerStrasse the club’s training facilities. I have one more year left on my contract. I will be here next season.” Guardiola, who oversaw a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid at the same stage of last season’s Champions League, has come under fire despite guiding the club to successive Bundesliga titles in his two years in Bavaria.
“I am not here to be the best coach in the world. I am here to do my best, just like I did at Barcelona. If that’s not enough for journalists, former players-turned-pundits or the honorary president, I am sorry,” said Guardiola. “I have won my titles at Barcelona because I was at a super club with outstanding players. I said that 1,000 million times during my time at Barcelona. I did my best here at Bayern from day one. When Bayern are happy with me, I am happy too.”
Rummenigge has now told Sport Bild: “I have to say one thing: DidiHamman is the second-best narrator of fairytales there is, right behind the Brothers Grimm.” Rummenigge said he did not bother to find out whether there was any truth to the story.
Guardiola has yet to commit his future to Bayern beyond the end of next season, but Rummenigge said he was “relaxed” about contract talks.