Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested that Pep Guardiola will be tempted by any offer to take over as Manchester United manager.
Reports emerged last week suggesting Guardiola had set his heart on succeeding Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, despite persistent rumours linking him with moves to Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Spanish tactician has stalled on extending his contract with Bayern Munich, which is due to expire next summer.
That has fuelled rumours that Guardiola is eying up a move to England’s Premier League, where he has always expressed a desire to work.
Now Bayern great Beckenbauer has added to the suspicion that Guardiola has his sights set on Manchester United with these comments.
“Pep is interesting for every top club in the world,” stated Beckenbauer said. “He can pick his club, and in terms of popularity Manchester United might be the number one worldwide.”
Those comments are bound to intensify speculation that Guardiola could replace Van Gaal at United at the end of this season, but Beckenbauer offered these words of support for the under-press Dutch coach who also had a spell in charge at Bayern Munich.
“They might have a good man in Louis van Gaal, but he finally has to come to grips with his team,” he stated.
Beckenbauer went on to suggest Guardiola would be missed if he opts to leave Bayern Munich next year, as he suggested the two-time Champions League winning coach has left his mark on the German champions.
“Pep Guardiola has brought invaluable insight and wisdom to the team, and it's my hope that he stays at Bayern,” he added.
“The collaboration between him and the club over the last three years has been very productive.
“FC Bayern Munich are in great form this season with the best start in Bundesliga history, and the consistency and level of performance are the result of Pep Guardiola's consistent work.
“The end has not yet been reached, the mission not yet accomplished - that would be the treble.
“No-one is irreplaceable. Players come and go and it is the same for coaches. The coaches come in and at some point they leave. If Guardiola leaves, another exceptional coach will come in.”Irish Independent