Bayern legend ‘pretty certain’ Pep Guardiola will leave in 2016, backs Jurgen Klopp to take over

guardiola in focus, klopp out of focus

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg says that he is ‘pretty certain’ that Pep Guardiola will leave the club in 2016.

Guardiola held a press conference earlier today and said that he didn’t want to be a problem for Bayern regarding a potential contract extension.

The Spaniard has always kept his options open by signing short-term contracts with clubs and it appears that he’ll head to join Manchester City in 2016.

Reports have linked Guardiola with the City job for years and it’s believed that the club decided not to sack Manuel Pellegrini because they didn’t want to hire anyone else.

The Chilean is effectively keeping his seat warm at the Etihad.

Ex-Bayern midfielder Stefan Effenberg believes this to be the case, too. He spoke to Sky about his thoughts on Guardiola’s intentions and a potential successor.

“I am pretty certain that Guardiola will no longer be in charge of Bayern after 2016,” said Effenberg, who is said to be in close contact with Bayern alumni.

“Who could replace him? I am thinking about Jurgen Klopp. He is definitely an alternative for Guardiola in Munich.”

Would Klopp really take the Bayern job and face off against his beloved Borussia Dortmund? Stranger things have happened.