Lahm: Bayern players want Guardiola stay

Bayern München skipper Philipp Lahm has informed Pep Guardiola he and his teammates want the Spaniard to extend his stay at the Allianz Arena beyond the end of the current campaign.

The former Barcelona manager's contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and he has given no indication whether he would be open to penning a contract extension.

He has, however, stated on more than one occasion that he would discuss his future at the end of the Bundesliga season.

As such, Guardiola continues to be linked with a move away from Bavaria, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea said to be interested in acquiring his services.

Lahm and his teammates are hopeful the manager will opt to stay on at the Allianz Arena, and the former Germany international has already spoken with the man in question to make the team's feelings clear.

"The team's opinion is clear. We enjoy working together with our coach and he is an outstanding manager," Lahm told reporters after Bayern's victory over Cologne.

"Everything else is not in our hands. The only thing I can say is that the team would like Guardiola to stay."