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Bayern chairman was aware Guardiola wanted to leave

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/12/2015

Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich at end of the season
Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich at end of the season

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits he had known for a fortnight that Pep Guardiola was going to leave the German giants next summer.

Guardiola's departure at the end of his contract in June was confirmed on Sunday, although the announcement hardly came as a surprise with speculation rife that the Spaniard would be leaving.

And Rummenigge has revealed he knew what was coming weeks ago. He said: "He came over to me two weeks ago at our Christmas party and told me that he was looking for a new challenge.

"He was almost apologetic. I'm not disappointed in him."

Bayern had already worked on a Plan B, which was an approach for Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian will take Guardiola's place on the Bayern bench from next season and Rummenigge is delighted with his club's latest capture.

"Carlo Ancelotti has had success everywhere," he said. "He's won the Champions League three times and that remains a record to this day. He fits in here."

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