Bayern Munich star admits he’d love to see Man City boss Pep Guardiola back at Allianz Arena


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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The former Barcelona manager spent three seasons at the Allianz Arena during which the club won seven trophies, including three Bundesliga titles.

Joshua Kimmich has stated that he won’t be against Pep Guardiola making a return to Bayern Munich, amid rumors linking the Man City boss to the vacant manager’s role at the Bavaria side.

The Bundesliga champions sacked Niko Kovac in November after the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss led the club to the league title in his only full season at the Allianz Arena.

His spell at the club was marred with rumors of players unhappy with his playing style, with the club’s fans repeatedly questioning the way Kovac set up his team to play.

However, while the Bayern Munich board, players and the fans were on one page regarding the mid-season dismissal of Kovac, the club is yet to identify the potential successor of the 48-year-old, with Kimmich indicating that he’d love to see the return of Guardiola to the Allianz Arena.

Kimmich: I’d love to see Guardiola back at Bayern

BREMEN, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich looks on prior to the DFB Cup semi final match between Werder Bremen and FC Bayern Muenchen at Weserstadion on April 24, 2019 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The 24-year-old midfielder, who Guardiola brought to Bayern in a €7m move in 2015 from RB Leipzig, would welcome the return of the current Man City manager to the club.

“I know [Guardiola] and have a lot to thank him for. He took me from the second division and let me play in the Bundesliga,” he told reporters ahead of Germany’s Euro 2020 Qualifier with Belarus.

“We won the double together and after that season I became a player for Germany. So, of course, I won’t be against him coming back.

Kimmich was signed by Guardiola at a time when the 24-year-old was playing as a defensive midfielder in the second and third divisions of German football. The Spaniard initially used the former RB Leipzig player as a centre-back before developing him to play in his current role as a central midfielder.

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Ahead of indicating his happiness at the potential return of Guardiola to Munich, Kimmich also hinted that Bayern’s search for their new manager could take longer than initially expected.

“At first, you thought that we would get a new coach after the international break. Now, we won both games with Flick and it sounds like he will stay until winter or even the entire season,” the 24-year-old added.

“What happens then is the business of the club – we players have nothing to do with it.”

Despite being heavily linked to fill the vacant job at the Allianz Arena, Guardiola is far from being the only name on Bayern’s wish-list to replace Kovac.

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag are the other two major names who are being linked with the Bavarian side, though both have indicated that they are unlikely to leave their current roles before the end of this season.

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