Football: Guardiola refutes talk that he will move on to coach Manchester City

Bayern Munich's Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola. He has dismissed out of hand rumours he will be quitting Bayern Munich with a year left on his contract to become Manchester City coach next season. -- PHOTO: AFP
Bayern Munich's Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola. He has dismissed out of hand rumours he will be quitting Bayern Munich with a year left on his contract to become Manchester City coach next season. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Pep Guardiola on Monday dismissed out of hand rumours he will quit Bayern Munich with a year left on his contract to become Manchester City coach next season.

"Oh, boy. I have said 200 million times that I have a year left on my contract and will be here next season. That's it," he said ahead of their Champions League semi-final, second leg, against Barcelona, having lost the first leg 3-0 away.

There were fresh claims over the weekend that Premier League giants City are negotiating with Guardiola to bring the 44-year-old to the Etihad Stadium to replace Manuel Pellegrini.

Broadcaster beIN Sports tweeted on Saturday that Guardiola has made a verbal agreement to manage City next season.

Former Bayern, City and Germany midfielder, and Sky expert, Dietmar Hamann said: "From my information, they are in the advanced stages of discussions and it is very possible that he will already start there next season."

Guardiola, whose Bayern contract expires in June 2016, has won five titles in two seasons at the Bavarian giants.