Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are eager to tie down manager Pep Guardiola to a new contract.
The Spaniard has been successful since he took the reigns at the Allianz Arena, winning four honours – possibly five by the weekend if they can beat Hertha Berlin.
Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the club want to open talks with the former Barcelona boss, in order to keep him there beyond 2016.
The English media have been suggesting that Guardiola is the favourite to replace Manuel Pellegrini if the ex-Malaga chief gets sacked at Manchester City at the end of the season.
It was only last month when reports were emerging that Munich were going on the hunt for someone to replace Guardiola, as the manager was reluctant to sign a new deal.
However, president Rummenigge has been speaking to German media outlet BILD and has said that an agreement between the club and Guardiola can be made, as the club want the manager for a long time.
“I think we have a good chance of convincing Pep to continue as our coach beyond 2016,” Rummenigge said.
“The outside interest from other clubs doesn’t worry me; that only shows the quality our coach has.
“Pep has total respect for the culture here at Bayern Munich. Pep only demands two things which I am in complete agreement – quality and professionalism.
“There’s no one here who isn’t delighted with him and his work.”
This season, Munich have been hit with injuries to almost every player at some point. However, they are in the semi-finals of both the German Cup and UEFA Champions League, alongside being poised to win their 24th Bundesliga title.