Bayern Munich chief praises Pep Guardiola, but refuses to discuss a new contract with former Barcelona man.
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl Heinz Rummenigge has enthused about coach Pep Guardiola, describing the former Barcelona coach as a genius.
“This man is a genius. I’ve seen a lot of coaches but this one is extraordinary, this coach is a gift from above,” Rummenigge said.
Guardiola arrived in Munich in June 2013 from Barcelona, with a contract running until June 30, 2016.
The 43-year-old led Bayern to victory in the European Supercup, the Club World Cup and then the Bundesliga/German Cup double, although he failed to emulate his predecessor, Jupp Heynckes, by failing to win the Champions League.
“Pep is not a long-contract man,” Rummenigge said, aware that the Spaniard stayed for four years at Barcelona before walking away.
“What I understand is that in southern Europe, they like to live for the now,” said Rummenigge. “But if Pep feels good, then he will stay. And that includes after 2016.
“But there’s no sense in talking about a contract extension this season. I think the soonest we do that will be a year before his current contract comes to an end.”
Bayern play Borussia Dortmund in a repeat of last season’s German Supercup on August 13 before lining up against Wolfsburg at home in their opening Bundesliga match on August 22.