Bayern Munich’s honorary president, Franz Beckenbauer, has claimed that any moves Pep Guardiola may make to sign any of his former players for Manchester City this summer “can’t happen”.
The Spanish tactician will relocate to the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season when his contract with the Bavarians expires.
Guardiola will have by that point been in charge of the German giants for three years and is likely to have claimed three Bundesliga titles, building up strong relationships with some of the club’s key players.
This has led to links with the likes of David Alaba and Manuel Neuer, among others, but Beckenbauer, when quizzed by Bild (via the Manchester Evening News) on the subject of any of his side’s players following their current coach, was dismissive of speculation:
“This can’t happen. If true, this is not acceptable, but I don’t think Guardiola is capable of doing it.
“I think it’s difficult for everyone involved, for Bayern and Pep. There will always be speculation.”
Guardiola has already met with Man City officials in Amsterdam to draw up plans for his tenure at the club, and Beckenbauer says he has no issues with this, despite the manager’s commitments to Bayern:
“I understand that he wants to sign players for Manchester [City] in the spring, and if he does that in his free time, for instance travels to Amsterdam, [that is OK] as long as he doesn’t neglect his duties at Bayern,”