Pep Guardiola will quit as Bayern Munich manager and take over at Manchester City, according to an extraordinary report.
The report emanates via Qatari-owned sports media giant Bein Sports, who claim that the former Barcelona manager has agreed to join City in time for the 2015-16 season.
A tweet on their company’s Arabic language account quoted by the Manchester Evening News reportedly read: “Urgent – sources beIN SPORTS: Manchester City reached a tentative agreement with Bayern Munich coach Guardiola to train the team for next season.”
Former Sky football anchor Richard Keys, who now works extensively in the Middle East, claimed that the story is “true”.
Meanwhile Bayern lost 1-0 at home to Ausburg as goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent off.
First-choice Manuel Neuer was rested with Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in mind. Bayern wrapped up the league title two weeks ago, but have lost all four games since then – including a penalty shootout defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final.
Guardiola has rejected suggestions his mission at the club has failed, saying: “It’s been a super season.”
Addressing the media at his news conference in Munich on Friday, Guardiola defended his record.
“There will always be pressure at a big club,” he said. “I accept that. I also want to win everything, but sometimes it’s not easy.