Guardiola’s agent refuses to rule out Bayern return

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is taking nothing for granted against Southampton.

Pep Guardiola's agent has refused to rule out the possibility of the Manchester City manager returning to Bayern Munich in the future.

Guardiola enjoyed three successful seasons in charge of Bayern between 2013 and 2016, winning three Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals, although he was unable to steer the Bavarians beyond the semi-finals of the Champions League.

However, the 48-year-old’s successors at the Allianz Arena have struggled to live up to his high standards, with Carlo Ancelotti losing his job in September 2017 and Niko Kovac being dismissed earlier this month.

Hansi Flick is currently in interim charge and he looks set to remain in the role until the winter break at least after steering Bayern to an impressive 4-0 victory over rivals Borussia Dortmund last time out.

A number of big names have been linked with taking over the managerial reins in Munich, including Guardiola, whose agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, has refused to dismiss the speculation, despite confirming that his client is happy at City.

“In the world of football nothing is certain, nothing is impossible,” Orobitg told Spox. “I talked with Pep last Wednesday and everything remains the same. He is happy at City and in Manchester, where he has a contract.”

Guardiola’s current deal with City runs until the summer of 2021, which would take him to five years in charge at the Etihad Stadium – longer than he has ever spent at one club as a manager.

Indeed, the former Spain international left Barcelona after four years in charge in 2012, while he departed Bayern for City at the end of the 2015-16 season.

There is no suggestion he is thinking about moving on yet but there have been reports at various times linking Guardiola with other clubs and a return to Bayern at some point cannot be discounted completely.