As their Champions League quarterfinals match against Porto draws near, Bayern Munich has been rigorously preparing for the past week. And part of those preparations is dealing with issues concerning team manager Pep Guardiola.

In a press conference Friday, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge clarified rumors of manager Guardiola leaving the team after his contract ends next year.

“I know that Pep and his family are feeling very well in Munich,” Rummenigge said to reporters. “There is nothing to suggest he will not remain our coach after 2016.

Rummenigge also noted how the Spanish coach has been integral for the team’s campaign for this season. “He is key to the successful period we are going through at the moment.”

The Bayern head has earlier said that he has already talked with Guardiola in February for a potential renewal of his contract, which expires in June 2016, but Rummenigge added that they have decided to postpone formal talks until after the end of the season.  However, the chairman said that he is still confident of the coach will opt to stay.

During the presscon, Guardiola himself was asked of what he thinks of their opponent for the Champions League quarterfinals. “They haven’t lost a game yet in the Champions League, that shows how good they are.,” Guardiola noted.

“It’s the quarterfinals, I can’t expect an easy or comfortable game, it’s always tough. We will try our best to reach the semifinals, like we did last season,” the coach further mused.

When asked whether he preferred to played either Real Madrid or Barcelona, Guardiola disagreed, saying that each team has its strengths and that they will simply go with the luck of the draw.

Before Bayern’s faceoff against Porto, the team will first take on Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga this Sunday.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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