Monday, 14th January, 2013
Bayern Munich have stepped up their chase for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
The Catalan tactician is spending a year out of the game after standing down from his post at the Camp Nou at the end of last season.
Guardiola is ready to return to the game though and has his eye on taking a coaching job for the 2013/14 season.
Bayern Munich are seriously keen on the 41-year-old.
In May last year, then-Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger held talks with Guardiola’s brother and adviser Pere in Madrid.
Bayern Munich have continued to stay in the loop about the Catalan’s plans and, according to German daily TZ, Guardiola’s agent Josep Maria Orobitg was recently in Munich to meet representatives of the Bavarians.
Current Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is expected to quit at the end of the current season.
There do remain several obstacles to Guardiola taking over at the Allianz Arena though.
He has a desire to coach in England, while the language barrier is also a problem.
Guardiola would not want to take over a club where he cannot speak the players’ language, while this is also a concern for Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard may though be taking German classes, away from prying eyes.
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