Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm has called for Guardiola to stay with the German giants amid talk he could be on his way to Premiership this summer.
Guardiola has one season left on his Bayern Munich contract and has so far not indicated he will sign another. The Spaniard, who has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his two full seasons in Germany so far, has been linked with a move to a number of English clubs including Chelsea.
Talk of the double Champions League winner coming to Stamford Bridge has intensified in recent weeks as the Blues continue suffer their worst start to a Premiership season in a generation and speculation around the future of Jose Mourinho gets louder. Rumours in the English press this morning suggest the Portuguese could lose his job should Chelsea fail to beat Liverpool on Saturday, and the Premiership champions have been linked with, as well as Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Carlo Ancelotti and Gus Hiddink.
It has long been believed that Guardiola wants his next job to be in England. He was being pursued by both Manchester clubs and Chelsea when he surprisingly took over at Bayern Munich in 2013. Lahm hopes he can be persuaded to resist England once again when his three year contract comes to an end this summer.
Speaking to reporters after Bayern’s 4-0 win over Koln on Saturday, the five time European champions’ 1000th Bundesliga win, Lahm said this:
“The team’s opinion is clear. We enjoy working together with our coach and he is an outstanding manager.
“Everything else is not in our hands. The only thing I can say is that the team would like (Pep) Guardiola to stay.”