BERLIN • As the British tabloids yesterday speculated about candidates who could succeed Jose Mourinho should the Chelsea manager get the sack, Bayern Munich are hoping to ensure an end to any talk of Pep Guardiola going to Stamford Bridge.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Saturday that the Spaniard's future as manager of the Bavarian giants will be settled next month.
"We will have the conversation after the last game of this half of the season," he told Sky.
"There will be a Christmas surprise, one way or the other, and a decision, which we will announce.
"At the end of the day, there will be a result of the conversation."
Bayern play their final German league match of the year on Dec 19 at Hannover.
Guardiola's contract is set to expire in June, forcing him to repeatedly reject questions over his future after being linked to a stream of Premier League clubs.
"Next question, please, next question," the 44-year-old said on Saturday, when reporters made a fresh attempt at a press conference after his side hammered Stuttgart 4-0 to go eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
The winner of 19 major trophies with Barcelona and Bayern has already snubbed Chelsea owner and long-time admirer Roman Abramovich once before - back in 2012.
In recent days, former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone have all been linked to the Chelsea post.