Manchester United deny meeting Guardiola in Paris

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola is expected to join Manchester City in the summer.


Manchester United have denied a report that officials from the club held a meeting with the outgoing Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola.

French newspaper L’Equipe claims the meeting took place in Paris last week, but Sky Sports News HQ have spoken to Manchester United who claim the story is not true. 

Guardiola will leave Bayern at the end of the season and says he has had several offers from Premier League clubs but that "nothing was fixed".

Manchester City are favorites to recruit the former Barcelona boss, who has also been reportedly linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. 

Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague also quashed the rumor Guardiola met Old Trafford chiefs – and once again claimed an agreement with City was done. 

He tweeted: "On Pep and United. It is false they have met in Paris. As a friend just told me, why would United meet the next City manager?

"So, it’s not true Pep met United. He has agreed to join City but hasn’t signed yet. That’ll happen when Bayern-City is not possible in the CL."

Former Bayern Munich and Fulham Manager Felix Magath knows how difficult the transition from Bundesliga to the Premier League can be, and has warned Guardiola to expect a very different style of football if he comes to manage in England’s top-flight.

He said: "It’s much more intensive than in Spain in Germany so he will be faced with the problem that the opponent will attack very aggressively in midfield so I’m very keen to see how he will manage this in England."